If there’s one thing practice squads are good for — at least to me — it’s that they always give me something to write about. This week, they supplied us with one-and-a-half things!
First off, disappointing news.
Rookie running back Stephfon Green was let go from the Detroit Lions’s squad on Tuesday. The move came two days after the Lions’s fourth-string RB, Joique Bell, received 6 carries in a Detroit loss. Bell, a 2nd-year player out of college football powerhouse Wayne State, did manage to pick up a 50-yard reception. When a 4th-string player is getting so much action, either the team is really deep or really beat up. Either way, I took it as a positive sign for Green’s situation, but apparently it was not.
In Green’s place, the Lions signed cornerback Conroy Black, so the move is likely due to a need in a depleted secondary rather than an underwhelming performance in practice by Green.
Regardless, we’re now back to 0 on the counter of number of Nittany Lions on the Lions.
Not all was bad news for Penn State rookies on the fringe of the NFL.
Also on Tuesday, linebacker Nate Stupar was given a tryout by the New England Patriots, according to Comcast Sportsnet New England. The team signed veteran LB Niko Koutouvides on the same day, so although there may not be a roster spot for Stupar at this time, at least he’ll be on their radar if one does open up.
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