Going 0-16 does have its advantages. For instance, when someone asks incredulously, “Can you be any worse?” you can honestly answer, “No.”
Plus, you get first dibs on all players coming through waivers in the succeeding season.
The Lions have used that worst-in-the-league status to have a pretty good Sunday. They claimed defensive end Copeland Bryan and cornerback Kevin Hobbs, according to the tweets of John Niyo at The Detroit News. Bryan was cut by the Bills; Hobbs by the Seahawks. They also grabbed former Ravens return man Yamon Figurs and signed running back Tristan Davis, tight end Carson Butler, wide receiver John Broussard and corner Marcus McCauley to their practice squad.
The Jaguars and Patriots also made offers to Davis, according to Niyo, but he opted to sign with Detroit.
To make room for Bryan and Hobbs, the Lions released
cornerback defensive end Ikaika Alama-Francis, a second-round pick from the 2008 draft and another remnant of the 0-16 season.
UPDATE: In the original post, we butchered the fact that Davis was released by Detroit and, despite interest from New England and Jacksonville, opted to join the Lions practice squad.