The Detroit Lions added cornerback Patrick Lee to their depleting secondary roster. The team has suffered injuries in its secondary that have forced it to start backups and go out and sign free agents. The team’s addition was claimed off of waivers, after being dropped by the Oakland Raiders.
Lee played in eight games for the Raiders during the current 2012 season. In those eight games, Lee was responsible for 30 tackles, 1 forced fumble, and 1 interception. Lee’s previous three NFL seasons were spent with the Lions NFC North rival Green Bay Packers. Lee played 32 games for the Packers, including all 16 in the 2011 season.
Lee played four seasons of college football at Auburn University. The cornerback was at the school from 2004 to 2007, having his best year during his 2007 senior season. Lee had 55 tackles, 1 forced rumble, and 4 interceptions in 2007. For his contributions at Auburn, Lee was named to the 2nd Team All SEC Conference during his senior year. The Packers took Lee with their second round pick (60th overall) in the 2008 NFL Draft.
Kickoff returns have also been a feature of the former Auburn player. At Auburn, the cornerback returned 12 kicks for 284 yards in his senior season. In 2010, the Packer returned 13 kicks for 265. The Lions, who have struggled on special teams, could have picked Lee up to use as a part time return man as well.
Lee will likely play for the Lions Sunday against his former Packers team in a Week 11 matchup. The cornerback has a big opportunity to step up for a Lions team that hasn’t found consistency at the position.