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Randle El headlines 24-man Gong Show tryout in Detroit

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Most levels and brands of football involve 22 total players on the field at any given time.  (At some levels of the sport, there’s less.  And in crunch time of the 2009 NFC title game, there was more.)  On Friday in Detroit, the Lions brought in enough guys for workouts that they could have played a regulation game, with a pair of subs.

Leading the list, per a league source, was receiver Antwaan Randle El, who once threw a touchdown pass at Detroit’s Ford Field to Hines Ward during Super Bowl XL.

Also trying out for the Lions were receivers Sam Aiken, Aaron Love, Charly Martin, and Terrence Toliver, quarterback Brian Brohm, running backs Aaron Brown, Lonyae Miller, Wynel Seldon, and Kevin Smith (a former Lion), defensive tackles Tony Brown and Jovan Haye, guards Garrett Chisolm and Leonard Davis, defensive end Chauncey Davis, tight ends Ryan Goleski and Jonathan Stupar, linebackers Nic Harris and Lance Laury, long snapper Jake Ingram, punter Jeremy Kapinos, defensive backs Robert McClain and Kevin Payne, and center Chris Morris.

In other news, both Tiki Barber and T.O. are flabbergasted.

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42 Responses to “Randle El headlines 24-man Gong Show tryout in Detroit”
  1. redbullenergydrink says: Nov 5, 2011 1:54 PM

    Never heard of 95% of those guys.

  2. trbowman says: Nov 5, 2011 1:55 PM

    Certainly a few interesting names, although more likely just kicking the tires on a few guys.

    Randle El stepped up big in the Super Bowl, I thought

    Brohm remains an interesting name.

    Sammy Aiken, stud STer for the Bills!

    Surprised Kevin Smith hasn’t at least been able to find a job somewhere.

  3. 13whysoserious says: Nov 5, 2011 1:58 PM

    I thought Nic Harris was all over the field for the Bills a few years back. Then he got hurt and fading into obscurity. I hope he latches on somewhere.

  4. lks311 says: Nov 5, 2011 1:58 PM

    Aaron Brown, as well, is a former Lion RB. A final cut guy—could be Jahvid’s stand in.

  5. bobbylaynesreplacement says: Nov 5, 2011 2:04 PM

    Id be okay with bringing Aaron Brown Back

    but please no Kevin “slow motion” Smith

  6. dracko19 says: Nov 5, 2011 2:04 PM

    If randle-el has anything in the tank, I could see them signing him. S.Logan has been very timid on returns this year, fumbling one and calling fair catch when there wasn’t a guy within 20 yards of him on more than one occasion. I never understood why they didn’t call on ABrown as soon as Harrison was done. He has been impressive as a part timer in DET for years and has some explosiveness this team sorely needs at rb

  7. iknowitallandmore says: Nov 5, 2011 2:07 PM

    If there is another Gong Show tryout in 2 years, then you will see Tim Tebow and Chris Johnson on the list

  8. detroitrollin22 says: Nov 5, 2011 2:08 PM

    Lions should ask some NBA players to try out like Kevin Durant.

    Megatron- 6’5 235
    Durant- 6’9 230

    The unstopable fades. One could only imagine…..

  9. Soulman45 says: Nov 5, 2011 2:09 PM

    The punter for the Lions been all over he place that might be a need the LB’S is to get a book on the WO’S the same, the RB’S is a need the rest are people that could one day fill a roll.
    Barber and TO must not have a phone.

  10. thegonz13 says: Nov 5, 2011 2:50 PM

    Basically, every unemployed football player was there, except Terrell Owens.

    Enjoy your popcorn, Terrell!

  11. andyreidisfat says: Nov 5, 2011 3:21 PM

    I don’t get it. If I were a team on the fringe such as the lions and needed a 2 wr I would sign TO in a second. Just think about how good Johnson could be if the lions had a legit number 2. Not only that but TO could show megaton a few tricks as well. Plus the guy is always a good boy during his first year with a team

  12. skinsrock says: Nov 5, 2011 3:31 PM

    Come On… I don’t believe for a minute Randle El still wants to play football… He stopped taking a hit the day he cashed Snyder’s check. It’s funny how money can change a person. See all of the sudden, Cris Johnson doesn’t want to get hit either.

  13. dd393 says: Nov 5, 2011 3:56 PM

    Don’t they trust their own scouting staff to find college players to pick up and develop?

  14. dannomac21 says: Nov 5, 2011 4:07 PM

    trbowman – im curious to hear why you think brian brohm is still an interesting name.

  15. steelersownyou says: Nov 5, 2011 4:09 PM

    Theres a reason randle el and S. Logan dont play for steelers anymore. Whats up with all these teams always wanting ex steelers players? Oh wait…I know why. Because the Steelers are the greatest elite organization in the world! Thats why……

  16. staff2cj4td says: Nov 5, 2011 4:16 PM

    I think it’s great at the midway point of the season on the bye week they bring in a bunch of players for a look see! If you find one player that can upgrade some part of your team or add something that you were missing, then it’s all worth while!!

    Let alone, it shows this isn’t an off week, but a week to rest and make improvements!!

    GREAT JOB STAFF, KEEP IT UP!!

  17. dannomac21 says: Nov 5, 2011 4:42 PM

    steelersownyou November 5, 2011, 3:09 PM CDT

    Theres a reason randle el and S. Logan dont play for steelers anymore. Whats up with all these teams always wanting ex steelers players? Oh wait… I know why. Because the Steelers are the greatest elite organization in the world! Thats why…..

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    you mis spelled “packers”

  18. johnnycash19 says: Nov 5, 2011 5:00 PM

    I think Toliver is one of the more interesting names. Kid from LSU, had three TD ‘s in LSU’s Bowl Game if I remember right. More of a bigger receiver. He could fill a roll because the Lions have shorter/possession receivers in Burleson and Young (Although Young is just a rookie he should have a huge role next year.)

    @Trbowman- Kevin Smith’s career was ruined in college, when he had something like 430 carries in his last year. You could tell it got to him with the injuries he had in his career and the fact that he went down pretty easily. Plus he was never a fast guy.

  19. woodyg says: Nov 5, 2011 6:01 PM

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    If anyone can conduct a 24-man ‘Gong Show’, it’s the Lions ……….. They’ve been doing it most of their existence ……..

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  20. jimmysee says: Nov 5, 2011 6:06 PM

    Brian Brohm has twice the talent of Tim Tebow!

  21. rexachss says: Nov 5, 2011 6:31 PM

    Wow Randle-El must have really fell off my Buffalo Bills started Cj Spiller two games @ wide-out! !!

  22. dizzack says: Nov 5, 2011 6:40 PM

    Lions do this every year during the bye-week!

    They want to know who’s good to go, if a player were to go down due to injury, just to see who’s out there.

    By no means, will Don Muhlbach, or Dominic Raiola be replaced. Most are being looked at for Special Teams & 2nd or 3rd string.

    Stop freaking out.

  23. fatbaby81 says: Nov 5, 2011 6:48 PM

    Lions need to look at some O line help!!! if you protect stafford, then everybody wins.

  24. polegojim says: Nov 5, 2011 6:58 PM

    Love this Lions attitude.

    Not good enough, never good enough.

    That’s why they’ll keep winning!

    Go LIONS and thank you!

  25. joetoronto says: Nov 5, 2011 7:08 PM

    I miss the Gong Show. It was so bad, it was good.

  26. girlcottboycott says: Nov 5, 2011 7:11 PM

    Tiki IS Flabbergasted

  27. steelerdynasty2010 says: Nov 5, 2011 8:23 PM

    would someone please explain the flabbergasted joke? i want in on it too

  28. blackandtealforeal says: Nov 5, 2011 8:30 PM

    Glad I didn’t have to pay the air fare for that circus!

  29. joeyballgame4 says: Nov 5, 2011 8:45 PM

    now the dolphins can “come get you”, Kevin Smith. GTFO of my city, you franchise hopping carpet bagger.

  30. buffalodiehard says: Nov 5, 2011 9:27 PM

    detroitrollin22 says:
    Nov 5, 2011 2:08 PM
    Lions should ask some NBA players to try out like Kevin Durant.

    Megatron- 6’5 235
    Durant- 6’9 230

    The unstopable fades. One could only imagine…..

    I love watching KD but seriously … dude would get broke in half on about play three!

  31. buzzbissinger says: Nov 5, 2011 9:28 PM

    In other news, both Tiki Barber and T.O. are flabbergasted.

    Wow. The Flo-man is now subscribing to some of our commenters’ low-brow humor.

  32. psdaleno says: Nov 5, 2011 10:11 PM

    They forgot to mention “Mean Gene The Dancing Machine” and the “Unknown Comic.”

  33. staffordsyear says: Nov 5, 2011 11:00 PM

    Leave Kevin smith alone..the guy has more heart and drive of a lot of players..Damn knee injuries.

  34. golonger says: Nov 5, 2011 11:36 PM

    ..where was Shawn Alexander?

  35. mmmpierogi says: Nov 6, 2011 12:05 AM

    dannomac21 says: Nov 5, 2011 4:42 PM

    steelersownyou November 5, 2011, 3:09 PM CDT

    Theres a reason randle el and S. Logan dont play for steelers anymore. Whats up with all these teams always wanting ex steelers players? Oh wait… I know why. Because the Steelers are the greatest elite organization in the world! Thats why…..

    ——————————————

    you mis spelled “packers”

    ********************************************

    Sorry, “Packers” is the answer to: What team managed to win only one SB between 1968 and last year (that’s right, Math God – that’s one SB in almost 45 years), and now that they won another one, their fans all of a sudden think the team is the end-all/be-all.

  36. deadmanwalking47 says: Nov 6, 2011 12:13 AM

    Randle El stepped up big in the Super Bowl, I thought
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    that was the last good play he ever made!

  37. tatum064 says: Nov 6, 2011 12:36 AM

    dannomac21 says:
    Nov 5, 2011 4:42 PM
    steelersownyou November 5, 2011, 3:09 PM CDT

    Theres a reason randle el and S. Logan dont play for steelers anymore. Whats up with all these teams always wanting ex steelers players? Oh wait… I know why. Because the Steelers are the greatest elite organization in the world! Thats why…..

    ——————————————

    you mis spelled “packers”

    ================
    spread out the Steelers expose their db’s before they can get to you with their blitz…thats the formula…thats why the Pack beat them in the SB

  38. thetooloftools says: Nov 6, 2011 6:02 AM

    “and on the main stage is”
    — these are like fat strippers looking for work.

  39. snarkzilla says: Nov 6, 2011 6:20 AM

    The big news out of Detroit yesterday is that there’s a petition to keep Nickelback from performing during the Thanksgiving Day game. Finally I can support Lions fans.

  40. snarkzilla says: Nov 6, 2011 7:56 AM

    >their fans all of a sudden think the team is the end-all/be-all.

    That’s because they’re the best team in football again.

  41. dewalt2990 says: Nov 6, 2011 5:33 PM

    Good to hear Mayhew’s keeping busy…you wont find talent if you dont look for it…

  42. cas5875 says: Nov 7, 2011 12:16 PM

    Brian Brohm is by no means an interesting name. He’s the only QB on the list and the only reason he got a work out is because someone had to throw balls to all those recievers…

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