Kelvin Sheppard working out for Lions

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The Lions added a veteran to their defensive line last week when they signed Ricky Jean Francois and now they’re taking a look at a possible addition to their linebacking corps.

Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that Kelvin Sheppard is visiting with the team on Tuesday.

Sheppard played for the Giants the last two seasons, although he spent last summer trying and failing to make the Bears in between his two stints in Jersey. He had 49 tackles in seven games last season and recorded the first two interceptions of his career in Week 17 against Washington.

The Lions signed Sheppard’s Giants teammate Devon Kennard as a free agent this offseason, but he’s on the non-football injury list. They also added Christian Jones and Jonathan Freeny to their linebacker group.

6 responses to “Kelvin Sheppard working out for Lions

  1. He was one of the better downhill tacklers I had seen for a while…unfortunately, his ability covering backs and TEs is comparable to the field itself and the only angle he took closing to the outside is the one the titanic was at about the time it split. If the only thing you need him to do is tackle a HB at the line, inside the tackles, hes great. Considering that the LB position requires more than that, I wouldnt sign him.

  2. either Denard is hurt worse than has been let on, or the talent gap and defensive scheme learning level back to the backup level (Maybin, etc.,) is greater than Patricia is comfortable with;

  3. What can it hurt to bring him in for a camp body? It amazes me every day how infatuated the Viking fans are with all threads related to the Lions.

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