Lions claim CB/PR Dontrell Johnson off waivers

The backend of the Detroit Lions’ roster continued to change faces on Friday when the Lions claimed former Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Dontrell Johnson off of waivers.

Originally signed by the Jaguars as an undrafted free agent out of Murray State, the 5’9’’, 180-pound Johnson was waived on Wednesday after failing to make a noticeable impact during offseason workouts. After two short stints with the Jaguars, the Lions opted to scoop him up off of the waiver wire.

Although this move will add a sliver of depth to the Lions’ cornerback corps, the addition of Johnson is more than likely an attempt to shore up the return game.

During his time at Murray State, Johnson proved himself to be a homerun threat as a punt returner. Throughout his two years with the Racers, he returned 25 punts for 504 yards (20.2 yards per return) and two touchdowns. He also returned 27 kickoffs for 505 yards (18.7 yards per return), but failed to ever find the endzone. In his junior campaign, he averaged a whopping 22.8 yards per punt return.

Now with the Lions, Johnson will compete with the likes of Stefan Logan, Titus Young and Patrick Edwards, among others, for the chance to be one of Detroit’s return men in 2012.

To make room for Johnson on the roster, the Lions waived safety Alonzo Lawrence. He was originally signed by the Lions out of Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, but was facing long odds to make the roster despite his raw upside.

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