Originally posted on Fox Sports Detroit  |  By DAVE DYE  |  Last updated 8/25/13
The Detroit Lions used a fourth-round draft pick on Ronnell Lewis last year. Rather, they wasted one. Lewis, an undersized 6-foot-2, 253-pound defensive end, is one of four players released Sunday by the Lions to cut their roster to 80 players. The club must trim down to 75 by Tuesday at 4 p.m. The other players who failed to make the most recent cut were safety Chris Hope, cornerback Myron Lewis and receiver Cody Wilson. Lewis played linebacker in college at Oklahoma, where he was given the nickname "The Hammer" because of his hard hits, especially on special teams. The idea in drafting him was that Lewis - despite not being quick enough to play linebacker in the NFL - would help shore up the Lions' special teams. It never happened. Lewis played in only eight games last year, was inactive for the final seven weeks, got arrested during the off-season for a fight outside a bar in Oklahoma and then fell behind again in training camp when he was put on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list for the opening week. He showed some promise in recent preseason games, but not enough to justify keeping him on the roster, particularly with the addition of defensive ends such as Jason Jones, Israel Idonije, Ezekiel "Ziggy" Ansah and Devin Taylor. Lewis needed to make his mark on special teams, which he clearly didn't do. He played only one play on special teams in the first two preseason games before getting a better opportunity to prove himself last Thursday when he played on 12 special-teams plays with the top units. Three days later, the Lions decided it was time to move on. During an interview a couple weeks ago, Lewis expressed regret for how he got off to such a slow start in his career. He indicated that some family-related personal problems, which he didn't want to elaborate on, were a factor during his rookie year. "Some of my personal issues kind of threw me off track a little bit," he said. "Now I've learned to cope and deal with the things that have happened. "Looking back, I could have done things a lot different. I feel like I should have worked harder. I just know deep down that I could have done a lot more than what I did."
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