ALLEN PARK — The Lions cut four players today (Sunday) to get the roster down to 80. It must be at 75 on Tuesday.
None of the cuts is a big surprise.
Ronnell Lewis was a fourth-round pick out of Oklahoma in 2012. The plan was to use him mostly on special teams his rookie season. But he didn’t contribute enough so he was inactive the final seven games.
This year the Lions went after taller defensive ends. Lewis is just 6-foot-2 while Ziggy Ansah and Jason Jones are 6-foot-5.
Lewis injured himself during the conditioning tests for training camp and sat out the first few weeks with an undisclosed injury. He was the only member of the Lions that got in trouble with the law in the offseason. After a bar fight in Oklahoma the police had to Taser him twice to bring him down.
Wilson, an undrafted rookie who played at Rochester Adams and Central Michigan, was very much a long-shot in the wide receiver race with more experienced guys like Matt Willis and Patrick Edwards. Wilson, whose dad Dave is the team chaplain, caught nearly every ball thrown his way. He’s a possibility for the practice squad.
Myron Lewis was looking for a fresh start after joining the Lions midway through camp.
This means the Lions are down to two Lewises — Travis and Thaddeus.
The roster must be cut down to 53 on Saturday.