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Lions taking advantage of being first

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.

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12 Responses to “Lions taking advantage of being first”
  1. TSE says: Sep 6, 2009 8:30 PM

    Another source claims that Davis is signed to the Lions PS, so not sure why those other teams couldn’t get him if they put in a claim?
    The Lions WAIVED Davis, so why would they WAIVE him only to CLAIM him? That doesn’t make a lot of sense. Can you check with your sources on this, cause the other sources all say Davis is on the Lions PS and not on the roster.
    Oh and same for Carson Butler. They PS’d him too, after waiving him, according to other sources.

  2. jimmymac313 says: Sep 6, 2009 8:37 PM

    Sound a little lost when you talk about Tristan Davis. They didnt grab him, they released him and signed him to the practice squad. They werent the 1st team in the waiver process.
    Jags and pats offered practice squad contracts, he turned them down for detroit.

  3. ARBoost says: Sep 6, 2009 8:40 PM

    “They also grabbed former Ravens return man Yamon Figurs” ….haha the Lions can have him, they’ll realize why we let him go.

  4. Scott says: Sep 6, 2009 8:42 PM

    Ikaika Alama-Franis DE/DT

  5. empty13 says: Sep 6, 2009 8:43 PM

    ok. not 3-13. 4-12.

  6. empty13 says: Sep 6, 2009 8:47 PM

    hey florio i thought you might want to see what can be culled from your wikipedia entry: Mike Florio is known for inaccuracies in his reporting and constantly fails to check facts before publishing articles to the internet.

  7. Capone1025 says: Sep 6, 2009 8:55 PM

    Um, I know it’s the Lions and all, but weren’t Davis and Butler on the Lions during the preseason????

  8. rockotica says: Sep 6, 2009 9:02 PM

    a 2nd round pick, by matt millen, last year….gone like that.

  9. tufar says: Sep 6, 2009 9:04 PM

    It looks like they are still trying to puke out most of the players from last year’s debacle of a team. Somehow picking away at the rest of the league’s trash does not seem like recycling, it looks more like desperation. After four exhibitions they are still adding players which can only disrupt things even further. I think it’s going to take a few years to turn this around for the Lions. In the meantime they have last place wrapped up again.

  10. jm0205 says: Sep 6, 2009 9:42 PM

    @ TSE.. The Lions cut Davis.. When a player is cut, he can pick which team’s practice squad he signs to.. The Patriots and Jaguars wanted to sign him to their practice squad.. They didn’t claim him off waivers.. If they did, he’d have to go on the 53-man roster..

  11. jimmymac313 says: Sep 6, 2009 10:12 PM

    They didnt sign Marcus mcCauley to the practice squad. He was claimed off of waivers to active roster.

  12. BigT says: Sep 7, 2009 7:21 AM

    Teams with multiple claims and had prioritized them and, when each team got a higher ‘ranked’ claim, they gave up their bid on Davis. So if New England and Jacksonville had Davis as their #1 rated player, he would be playing for them and not on the Detroit practice squad.

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