The Lions signed 11 undrafted rookie free agents on Monday including quarterback James Franklin (in photo).
To make room on the roster they released eight players including wide receiver Cody Wilson (Central Michigan, Rochester Adams).
A year ago two of the undrafted rookies signed by the Lions made the 53-man roster — tight end Joe Fauria and right guard LaAdrian Waddle.
The 11 signed Monday:
— QB James Franklin (6-2, 230), Missouri: He threw for 6,962 yards and rushed for 1,729 yards.
— Tackle Cornelius Lucas (6-9,328), Kansas State: He started at left tackle his last two seasons.
— Wide receiver Andrew Peacock (5-10, 190), Appalachian State: He’s App State’s all-time leader with 208 career catches and is fifth in school history with 2,108 receiving yards.
— Cornerback Mohammed Seisay (6-2, 200), Nebraska: Played in nickel and dime packages.
— Safety Gabe Lynn (6-0, 204), Oklahoma: Started all 13 games as senior and 10 as a junior.
— Fullback Chad Abram (6-0, 229), Florida State: Claim to fame an 110-yard touchdown in BCS National Championship game.
— Guard Alex Bullard (6-2, 302), Tennessee: Started 10 games at left guard.
— Guard D.J. Morrell (6-6, 325), Old Dominion: Started 25 games at guard and at tackle.
— Outside linebacker Justin Jackson (6-1, 230), Wake Forest: In career had 196 tackles and 20.5 tackles for loss.
— Tight end Jacob Maxwell (6-4, 240), Louisiana Lafayette: Had six touchdowns in last two seasons.
— Safety Jerome Couplin (6-2, 215), William and Mary: Three-year starter with 257 total tackles (158 solo).
The cuts included Wilson, cornerback Nate Ness, safety Akwasi Owusu-Ansah, tight end Matt Veldman, kicker John Potter, wide receiver Carlin Isles, linebacker Jon Morgan and center Sherman Carter.
A three-day rookie camp starts on Friday.