Lions sign special-teams ace Kassim Osgood; release QB R.J. Archer

Posted by ttwentyman on August 23, 2012 – 9:53 am

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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20 Responses to “Lions sign special-teams ace Kassim Osgood; release QB R.J. Archer”

  1. By ElReyDeLeon on Aug 23, 2012 | Reply

    We need even more special teams players. Our special teams play has gotten us beat more than once in the past couple of seasons.

  2. By Ken on Aug 23, 2012 | Reply

    No one is safe when it comes to special teams. If you aren’t getting it done you are gone. It takes a special kind of player (a little crazy maybe) to play kick/punt coverage but Schwartz will find them. I like the additions. Always room for improvement. Always looking for the diamond in the rough. It seems just a few years back we didn’t try out this many players, we just settled for what we had. I love the new philosophy. Go Lions!!!

  3. By carol wadsworth on Aug 23, 2012 | Reply

    I sure am glag you found a special teams player, but he is only one pearson he cant be the whole team . but i love the sound of special teams, hope they play well like they did agnist the ravens.i i sure hope this new special team,s player can make the grade, i want the Lions to go to the play off,s and possibly win a champion ship. they have to stay healthy tho in order to do that. so i will say my prayers for the whole of these day,s i will make it to a foot ball game i have went to a BaseBall game this year that was some kind of fun. i like foot ball better. i follow the Mendon Hornets every year they won a Champion ship last year, That was great & so much fun. well thank you Tim the Twenty man for hearing me out. Carol Wadsworth.

  4. By DAVID PARKS on Aug 23, 2012 | Reply

    I want to thank Jim Schwartz for being a great coach and having faith in Kellen Moore,.. I realize that Kellen has away’s to prove himself in the NFL. But I bet Jim realize’s that Kellen is very bright and give him one season to be in the NFL and next year, Kellen will make Detroit proud that they kept that young man. The Lions are going to be in the play off’s this year and year’s to come, By keeping Matthews Hill and Moore … I hope everyone know’s that that a Quarterback is the man who bring’s his team down the field for the point’s. Matthew’s is brilliant, Hill is also, And Kellen is thier man behind them. I wish those who did not get to watch Kellen Moore in college, Had gotten to. He is brilliant and a fast learner. Forget all that other talk of he is to small and he can not move the ball. Ball heck?? Detroit watch and see.. Kellen will blow your mind’s…

  5. By LanceManly on Aug 23, 2012 | Reply


    Stephan Logan went down pretty ugly, thought it was worse – but still a sprained ankle.

    He is definately in to compete for reps on Kick / Punt returns.

    That’s good.

    Our special teams need a massive boost after last weeks showing.

  6. By Matt on Aug 23, 2012 | Reply

    I always like hearing how the Lions are making moves throughout the year. I am hoping we can make another nice move that can help us in the future. One that sounds possible to me is if we send one of our Offensive tackles such as Cherilus or Scott over to the Jets for a draft pick or a player. The Jets just bench their right tackle Hunter because of his poor play so far this preseason. I feel that we can get possibly a 2nd or 3rd round pick or maybe a decent player out of it. We have 6 Offensive tackles right now on the roster and I think we will only keep four on the 53 man roster. What are you thoughts on this TIm?

  7. By Matt on Aug 23, 2012 | Reply

    So far it seems like our future is Reiff at LT and Fox at RT. Cherilus okay and I feel that other teams could use him.

  8. By Jerry on Aug 23, 2012 | Reply

    It would have been nice to see Archer play at least one or two series of downs in a preseason game before releasing him. He couldn’t have done worse than Moore has. The Lions need to find a 3rd QB that has an NFL arm and some mobility skills that they can keep on the taxi squad, if not the 53 man roster. I just don’t see what they see in Moore. Maybe it’s a case that the coaches are too close to the situation and like the kid even though his skill set is questionable. He’d get steamrolled by the top defense of any team they face because of his lack of mobility. Time to look for a decent backup for the third spot?

    Another wide receiver? How about another cornerback or what they really need, a running back??? They need to face that they might not ever get Javid Best back, so isn’t it better to face that problem sooner than later, when it’s thin pickings at the position? Why not bring in Joseph Addai (former Colts back) for a look? What do they have to lose? We have enough wide receivers to dump a handful of them in a trade for a decent back. The top 5 receivers are already a lock, so shore up the backfield.

  9. By Noelle on Aug 23, 2012 | Reply

    Jerry – Moore is a good kid with potential. He has great accuracy skills and is extremely smart on the field. You can’t teach that, but you can strengthen an arm. Nobody thought Joe Montana was strong enough to make it in the NFL either. Thankfully Bill Walsh saw something in him to pick him up. Yes, Kellen is not big and beefy – but he deserves a chance based on his other strengths. Take a look at his college stats. And don’t blame the stats for being in a soft conference. Check the teams they played outside their conference – he beat them as well. Only 4 losses in 4 years!

  10. By chip andrews on Aug 23, 2012 | Reply

    special teams. stovall is a beast

  11. By chip andrews on Aug 23, 2012 | Reply

    The lions really need a back since they cant count on Best give DREW the money he would complete this offenese Detroit needs to win now offer 1st rounder for him since detroit will likely pick later in round 1 nows the time to make this move and make the Fords a winner they deserve this go for it now

  12. By Donavan on Aug 24, 2012 | Reply

    Looks like we will have to see when it comes to Moore. The coaches obviously see what America saw when he took a team of “unplayables” and made them champions. He will be fine in the NFL my friends. The Lions need to progress the ball upfield and make those 3rd down conversions. Moore is the man for that.

  13. By roidaho on Aug 24, 2012 | Reply

    Jery: Your entitled to your thoughts, but thinking you know more than the coaches is just shy of completely arrogant. What could you, or any of the other KM doubters/haters possibly know that the coaches don’t. These coaches make a living in the NFL, you guys WATCH it. just exactly what are your credentials to criticize ANY NFL player. Archer didnt play because he obviously was worse than Moore. Which in your doubters minds, must mean he was at the nursery school level. Why would you want to see him throw the ball in a game if the coaches dont want to see it?

  14. By Jerry on Aug 24, 2012 | Reply

    I want some of what you people are drinking. There is a reason that Moore wasn’t drafted and we have seen that in preseason games already. I don’t buy into the college number argument and tend to believe what I see while he is on the field as a pro. He is slow and doesn’t have either an NFL arm or ability to read secondary receivers. Noelle, how can you say he has great accuracy skills when he couldn’t sustain drives against 3rd and 4th stringers? Without the great run by Green, he would not have had one drive go for a touchdown in either game. His stats against Cleveland’s training camp fodder were nothing short of abysmal. Against their first stringers he would have needed a MASH unit. BTW, If we were to keep players based on their college numbers, then we would still have Joey Hollywood as our quarterback. With the departure of Stanton, who is doing quite well in Indianapolis, the Lions are in a much weaker position if either Stafford or Hill go down with an unfortunate injury. They need to get a seasoned vet with an arm to sit in the number 3 position. Moore just isn’t going to get the job done in an emergency. He is a project at best.

    Now to the more important issue. WE REALLY NEED A QUALITY RUNNING BACK! The Lions hierarchy needs to recognize the fact that Best may be heading for the PUP list, which means he is out for the first 6 weeks of the season, at a minimum. He may not be back at all or he may come back just to take one good hit which ends his career. With that said and the amount of quality teams that the Lions face in the first 6 or 7 weeks of the season, if they don’t get a quality running back to take some of the load off of Stafford, they may be out of it by the time Best comes back, if he comes back at all. They aren’t going to catch any teams underestimating them this year, so they are going to have to have a balanced attack to free up the wide receivers. This isn’t something that is a big secret, I’m just surprised that Meyhew and Schwartz don’t seem to be more concerned about it.

  15. By roidaho on Aug 24, 2012 | Reply

    Jerry, why not buy into what the coaches think instead of your uneducated opinion? I ask Sir, at what levelf ball did you play to think your opinion is more qualified than a professional coach? Just pop us a link to your scouting business and we’ll go from there.

  16. By neolion on Aug 24, 2012 | Reply

    I think you worry too much about the RB position, and your outlook is pretty dismal if you think we could possibly be out of it by week 6.

    The staff believe that the backs we have are more than ample, and I agree with that assessment. It is no secret that we are a pass heavy team, the running game is merely supporting cast, but Smith,Leshoure and the others should be able to do that, no problem. Having Best back would be a bonus.

  17. By mdetc on Aug 25, 2012 | Reply

    chip andrews on Aug 23, 2012 said:

    The lions really need a back since they cant count on Best give DREW the money he would complete this offenese Detroit needs to win now offer 1st rounder for him since detroit will likely pick later in round 1 nows the time to make this move and make the Fords a winner they deserve this go for it now.


    Chip, I’m pretty sure a good percentage of Lions fans would love to have MJD in our lineup, but it would not be a easy thing to accomplish. First, I doubt we could get him in a trade for only a #25th(ish) 1st round pick. Then there is the fact that he wants a BIG Payday. I doubt the Lions can afford that, and the hit on our salary cap for years to come. Don’t forget that there are a couple contracts coming due next year. Then I think Stafford is in 2 years, and with success, Matt will be looking for, (and deserves) a goodly amount to sign for several years. Again, MJD would be a great addition if there was a way to pull it off without mortgaging the entire future of other important pieces of the franchise……

    Have a good day, buddy……….

  18. By mdetc on Aug 25, 2012 | Reply

    On the Kellen Moore topic…..

    He may be a servicable #3 QB, nobody knows for sure at this point. I would suggest keeping him around as long as it doesn’t cost us much a of a cap hit. But I surely would not spend much, or give him a roster spot that could be used on a decent D-Back or a good special teams player.

    Another poster made a very good point in saying that if we had Stafford and Hill both on the injured list, making us go to the #3 QB, our season would be in the crapper already. So maybe we should use that roster position on a player that could improve the team on a weekly basis, and take our chances on not needing a 3rd string QB.

    Hoping to see Mikel Leshoure ripping off some yardage vs Oakland this evening!

    Have a good day everybody………

  19. By Rob Troon on Aug 25, 2012 | Reply

    I have to ask Jerry how he knows that the running back issue is not being addressed. We only know what is going on from the media. maybe the Lions front office has a plan in effect. Just because it is not publicized, don’t think they are not working on it. There may be other reasons that they can’t do this right away.

  20. By Jerry on Aug 26, 2012 | Reply

    Like I said earlier…twice, and after today’s game at Oakland it is all too obvious……………………………We need a running back!!!!!!!
    And a Corner back!!!!!!

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