Twelve days after signing veteran corner-back Drayton Florence, the Detroit Lions have decided to part ways with Florence.
The Lions cut the veteran corner-back before Tuesday’s practice, leaving the team a player short as they continue to prepare for their pre-season match-up against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Now to some this move may come as shock, considering the fact that Florence provided veteran depth at a position of weakness, but apparently after seeing him in action the last few weeks, the Lions have seen enough and decided to let him go and I can’t say I blame them.
Florence played against Oakland last week, but in the time that he was on the field, he only tallied one tackle and one penalty not to mention he allowed a 38-yard completion. If that’s not enough, he never really elevated up the depth chart in practice and since he isn’t doing any damage on special teams, Lions felt there was no reason to keep him.
I must admit at 33 years old, Florence certainly does fit the bill of the NFL veteran who may have lost a step or two and while some will be sad to see him go, I understand the Lions reasons for letting him go.
While the decision to release Florence isn’t necessarily good news for Florence, it could mean good news for another free agent out there. Keep in mind with the release of Florence, the Lions roster is now down to 89 players, which means that the Lions could add another free agent if they chose to. However, with the first round of player cuts coming up, it is possible that Lions might just leave the roster spot one for the time being.
Nevertheless, at this point, Rashean Mathis and Darius Slay are still slated to start at corner in Detroit, while Bill Bentley, Nevin Lawson, Cassius Vaughn, Chris Greenwood, Mohammed Seisay, and Jonte Green continue to vying for other roles in the secondary.
Speaking of the secondary, the Lions did practice without safety DeJon Gomes, who unfortunately has yet to return to the field after suffering a neck injury against Oakland last Friday.
“I think the doctors have said it’s not a long-term injury and I think it’s up to them to make that determination.” Coach Caldwell speaking on Gomes’ health status. “I try to stay in the coaching business and let them handle the medical affairs.”
Written by LBeasley (Lauren Beasley), Sports Contributor for Radio One Detroit
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