Lions head coach Jim Schwartz said after last week’s preseason victory in Baltimore that the Lions had to find better players on special teams after a second consecutive rocky performance from their coverage units.
“We’ve got to find better players to be able to execute,” Schwartz said at the time. “Like I said, you can do all the drills you want, but if a guy can’t make the play, he can’t make the play. We’ve got to find guys that can (make the play) on kickoff cover and punt cover. We were poor in those areas. We got lucky because of a couple penalties, but we were lucky.”
The Lions shook up some of their personnel groupings on coverage units in practice this week, but went a step further today by signing free agent wide receiver Kassim Osgood.
Osgood, 32, has played nine seasons in the NFL, the last two in Jacksonville, and is a three time Pro Bowler on special teams (2006, 07, 09).
Released by the Jaguars in March, Osgood has played primarily special teams during his NFL career. He caught just 11 passes the last two years in Jacksonville, and has 44 career receptions with five touchdowns.
He will compete for a roster spot with a crowded group of receivers that includes Patrick Edwards, Maurice Stovall, Nate Hughes, Lance Logan, Jarett Dillard and others.
The Lions released quarterback R.J. Archer to make room for Osgood on the 90-man roster.
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