Lions awarded QB Thaddeus Lewis on waivers from Browns

5/29/13 in NFL   |   IvanRogers   |   1352 respect

FanIQ | Sports Rumors, Gossip, Blogs, News & Discussion ForumsThe Detroit Lions continue to tweak their 90-man roster, with a couple of minor moves that are bound to churn the bottom of the depth chart this offseason. Earlier on Tuesday, the Lions signed two undrafted free agents – linebacker Robert Maci and defensive tackle Spencer Nealy – while releasing defensive tackle Michael Brooks. Later in the day, the Lions added quarterback Thaddeus Lewis to the roster while also releasing wide receiver Chastin West. The moves were disclosed in the NFL’s transaction report and set back the Lions’ offseason roster to 90 players.
Lewis was claimed off waivers by the Lions on Tuesday after being waived by the Browns last week.
The third-year pro Thaddeus Lewis got a look from the Lions last year when he completed 5-of-8 of his passes for 90 yards and ran 3 times for 17 yards while still with the Browns in the 2012 preseason. Thaddeus Lewis made his NFL debut in the 2012 season, starting in the Browns in season finale, which ended on a 24-10 loss to the Steelers. He finished last season by completing 22-of- 32 of his passes with one touchdown and one interception.
The 25-year-old Lewis originally entered the league as an undrafted free agent out of Duke and after spending his first season with the St. Louis Rams, he spent the past two seasons with the Browns.
However, Lewis became the odd man out after the Browns added Brian Hoyer this offseason, and reduced their quarterback numbers to just three players on the roster.
The Lions now have five quarterbacks on their roster. Mathew Stafford and Shaun Hill are at the top of the depth chart, followed by second-year quarterback Kellen Moore and rookie free agent Alex Carder (Western Michigan). However, Hill has not taken part in the Detroit Lions OTA sessions after undergoing a minor foot surgery earlier this offseason. The 33-year-old Hill is entering the final year of his contract with the Lions.
Lewis is expected to compete with Kellen Moore and Alex Carder for the role of third-string quarterback, though Lewis seems more than capable to beat out both players for the job. Carder is expected to be a long shot to make the final roster, while Moore did not see the field in his first season with the Lions and struggled in the preseason season last year.
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