Eight players who were the Lions all through training camp have cleared waivers and have been named to the practice squad.
These eight will practice with the team all through the 17 weeks of the season. It is fluid situation. They could be cut and different players added.
Practice squad members make a minimum of $6,000 per week, per the collective bargaining agreement.
None of the choices are surprising.
— Guard/center Rodney Austin spent last season on the practice squad. It was a numbers game on the offensive line which hurt his chances.
— Running back Shaun Chapas was on the practice squad last year and toward the end of the year was signed to the 53-man roster. While the Lions don’t run a typical fullback set, he got plenty of reps in camp.
— Wide receiver Corey Fuller (sixth-round pick 2013) needs experience badly. He only played two years of college football and need to work on the basics.
— Cornerback Chris Greenwood (fifth-round pick 2012), who missed all of last season with an abdominal injury, also missed the first few weeks of camp with a hamstring. He wasn’t in the mix for the 53-man roster. Spending the season on the practice squad is his best option.
— Linebacker Brandon Hepburn (seventh-round pick 2013) didn’t have a real chance at the roster with so many experienced players ahead of him on the depth chart.
— Running back Steven Miller (undrafted rookie, Appalachian State) was hoping to make the roster based on his returning ability. He’s small but speedy.
— Defensive end Xavier Proctor was in tough competition. He’s got the size at 6-foot-6, just needs to develop.
— Defensive tackle Jimmy Saddler-McQueen was on the practice squad last year too. Bringing him back is a sign they haven’t given up on him.