The Lions were awarded Thaddeus Lewis on waivers from Cleveland Tuesday.
Lewis, 25, made his first career regular-season NFL start in Cleveland’s 2012 finale, completing 22-of-32 passes for 204 yards with a touchdown and an interception. The Browns let him go last week.
Detroit has a clear-cut top backup quarterback in Shaun Hill. However, Hill is coming off foot surgery, as the Detroit Free Press reported earlier in May. Lewis joins Kellen Moore and Alex Carder as competitors for the third spot on the Lions’ QB depth chart.
In other Lions roster moves Tuesday, the Lions signed undrafted rookie defensive linemen Spencer Nealy and Robert Maci while waving rookie defensive lineman Michael Brooks and wide receiver Chastin West. The moves were disclosed in the NFL’s transaction report.