ALLEN PARK — The Detroit Lions reportedly took another step toward the roster limit by cutting wide receiver Chris Lacy. Detroit has until 4 p.m. Saturday to get its roster down to the 53-man limit for the regular season.
This move leaves the Lions at 79 players (including Austin Bryant on the physically unable to perform list). They released fellow receiver Geremy Davis earlier in the week. Lacy spent most of the last two seasons with Detroit between its main roster and practice squad. He appeared in seven games last year, making three catches for 60 yards in action down the stretch.
“To be honest with you, I hate it. It’s the worst,” Lions coach Matt Patricia recently said of the roster cuts. “You invest in these guys, they invest so much in you, and we’re trying to come together as a team and we’re building and we’re competing, and you love these guys that you’re coaching every single day. That tough reality of what this weekend is — it’s brutal, to be honest with you. In the back of my mind, I just have to understand that I’m going to do what’s best for the team.”
The road to the roster at receiver was a brutally tough one in Detroit. The Lions feature Kenny Golladay, Marvin Jones and Danny Amendola as their top-three options. Marvin Hall is also back after emerging as an under-the-radar home run hitter in limited action last year. Hall looks improved all-around as a receiver and should see be more involved. This group also features fifth-round rookie Quintez Cephus and former All-Pro return man Jamal Agnew, both coming off solid camp showings.
Lacy’s departure leaves Tom Kennedy and Victor Bolden as the two receivers left with Golladay, Jones, Amendola, Hall, Cephus and Agnew. Kennedy, a former lacrosse pro, spent last year on Detroit’s practice squad. Bolden joined the group in the final weeks of the 2019 season.
Keep an eye on Lacy’s name as Detroit sets its practice squad. He comes with experience in the offense and offers some flexibility on special teams. Teams can carry 16 players on their practice squads this season, with four protected spots each week.
“A lot of the protection might be in the case where at the end of the week, maybe you’ve put in a gameplan, you’ve kind of grinded through the week and then other teams might come in and try to grab your guys off your practice squad, particularly the team that you’re playing that week, and try to see what they know,” Patricia said of the protection spots. “So that’s kind of one of those deals where that protection helps you there. But I do think it does kind of maybe give the player and the team a little bit more security from a standpoint of, ‘This guy’s here for the week, and now as we prepare for the weekend, he can be part of the gameplan knowing that we have the opportunity to bring those guys up at the end of the week if we need them.’ In that part of it, yes.”