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Lions claim Spencer Havner, end the Dennis Northcutt era

Former Packers tight end Spencer Havner didn’t get too far down the waiver before a team bit on him.

The Lions — the second worst team in the league last year — placed a claim on the third-year.  Havner scored four times in seven catches last year, making him the football equivalent of Rob Deer.

To make room on the roster, the Lions cut receiver/return man Dennis Northcutt, according to the Detroit Free Press.  The former Browns player was entering his eleventh year.

Finally, five practice squad spots have been filled in Detroit: “Mr. Irrelevant” wideout Tim Toone, wide receiver Michael Moore, cornerback Paul Pratt, linebacker Caleb Campbell and defensive tackle Rob Calloway.

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10 Responses to “Lions claim Spencer Havner, end the Dennis Northcutt era”
  1. samh says: Sep 5, 2010 4:14 PM

    Gerald Alexander, whom the Jaguars received in the Dennis Northcutt trade, has also been released this weekend. Hm.

  2. brasho says: Sep 5, 2010 4:19 PM

    Havner scored four times in seven catches last year, making him the football equivalent of Rob Deer.
    The football equivalent of Rob Deer would be Barry Sanders… stuffed 19X in a row and then runs off an 80 yarder to finish with 20 rushes for 100 yards… well, no, that is more like Mark McGwire. Rob Deer wasn’t nearly that good… the football equivalent would be former Redskins and Buc RB Reggie Brooks, who got stuffed more often than not and then when he broke off a run it was for 10 yards.
    For a TE, the equivalent would be a guy that had 10 passes thrown at him, he dropped 8 and caught two for touchdowns…. Rob Deer was really bad.

  3. diesel says: Sep 5, 2010 4:25 PM

    C’mon Rosenthal, you know Florio will never know who Rob Deer is.

  4. detnflfan says: Sep 5, 2010 4:32 PM

    Thank goodness we cut Northcutt. Nice to know Tim Toone and Caleb Campbell made the practice squad.

  5. dewalt2990 says: Sep 5, 2010 5:31 PM

    You mean the 31st BEST team.

  6. Patrick says: Sep 5, 2010 5:43 PM

    Mark Reynolds is a go big or stay home type lately as far as Ks v.s. Home Runs…

  7. Rashard Mendenballs says: Sep 5, 2010 6:25 PM

    Good pick up by my lions…sounds like Will Heller could be the odd man out on this one.

  8. Ambrose says: Sep 5, 2010 8:27 PM

    For those of you who are unfamiliar with this player….you got a good one..very solid guy, I wish the Packers could have kept him, but they were too deep at his position(s.)

  9. shehawks + retardnals says: Sep 5, 2010 8:31 PM

    The Lions practice squad is definitely the most feel good PS in the NFL. Awesome that Campbell made it back safe AND made the PS, as well as Michael Moore, a class act with the unfortunate name of a world class asshole. Go Georgia!

  10. edswood says: Sep 5, 2010 8:41 PM

    Yeah I was hoping the Dolphins would make a claim on Spencer Havner, but alas Detroit got first dibs. Besides, the Fins were to busy picking up some strange castoffs I doubt anyone wanted, and dumping some solid veterans.

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