There were no shocking decisions, however, as most of the players were either on the borderline, or were considered to have slim chances of surviving.
The most high profile cut might have been Chris Greenwood at cornerback. He was a fifth-round draft pick in 2012, but he didn’t play as a rookie because of an abdominal injury. He also had a hamstring injury that kept him out of training camp for the first two weeks. He played in the last two preseason games in August, and gave up a 79-yard pass against the Buffalo Bills in the finale.
He is a Detroit native, and there are reports that he may wind up on the team’s practice squad.
A couple of 2013 draft picks also bit the dust with wide receiver Corey Fuller, who went in the fifth round, and linebacker Brandon Hepburn, who was taken in the seventh, but might also wind up on the practice squad, along with undrafted rookie running back Steven Miller, who saw action as a returner during the preseason.
Two safeties, who were considered possible keepers, also did not survive, with Tyrell Johnson, who also plays on special teams, and Amari Spievey, who was a third-round selection in 2010 and started a couple of games last year; he didn’t see much action during the preseason.
The Lions got Chris White, a linebacker and special teams player, in a recent trade from the Bills, but he was cut.
Running back Shaun Chapas was hoping to be reunited with former Georgia teammate Matthew Stafford, the Lions quarterback, but he didn’t make it. Blake Clingan was hoping to be the punter, but got released after the Lions decided to give fifth-round pick Sam Martin from Appalachian State the job.
Havard Rugland had earlier been released after the Norwegian-born player lost his bid for the placekicker’s job.