Lions begin the makings of their practice squad

Posted by ttwentyman on September 1, 2012 – 1:19 pm

Rodney Austin played his college football at small Elon University in North Carolina, but he made a big impression on Lions coaches in training camp.

“For a guy, small college that size, he’s made a lot of positive impressions on us,” Lions offensive coordinator Scott Linehan said of Austin before the Raiders preseason game. “Whether he’s playing guard or center, to show us that he can really take on the center role some and do that as well as play guard, which we feel is a really good position for him.

“We’ll see, but you know, after the first three weeks in pads and the first two preseason games, he’s one young guy to watch.”

His steady play through the preseason wasn’t enough to earn Austin a spot on the initial 53-man roster in a crowded offense line group, but it did win him one the team’s eight spots on the practice squad.

Austin cleared waivers Saturday and was signed to squad.

The Lions also added linebacker Carmen Messina, cornerback Ross Weaver, running back Stephfon Green and receiver Patrick Edwards to their practice squad Saturday.

Messina had a good training camp and preseason but was beat out for the seventh linebacker spot on the 53-man roster by second-year player Doug Hogue.

The Lions have three spots remaining on their practice squad.


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18 Responses to “Lions begin the makings of their practice squad”

  1. By Andrea L. Molinari on Sep 1, 2012 | Reply

    Congratulations to all practice squad guys! We all saw how hard you worked in practice and in the games. I hope that you keep fighting to make your dreams come true. Be assured that an opportunity will come…just make sure that you are ready to maximize that opportunity when it does.

  2. By carol wadsworth on Sep 1, 2012 | Reply

    i see the lions have just about picked who is going to play and who isnt, all i know is that whom ever they have picked better play and play his heart out, im tired of the lions not being abel to go to the super bowl. i want them to go so badly, i can taste it.i so look forward to them making it and for their sake,s and all us fans out here would love to see this happen. im getting excited about reg season and watching them again.so is my sisters, they are ready also.we all love the lions, and are their BIGGEST FANS.and they all agree with me they are ready to see the lions go all the way.i like this third quarter back MOORE he is pretty good at being left handed and throwing the ball, he got the job done with the bills, woot–woot. it was awsome.gotta love those lions.i do wish they could have kept DREW STANTON. i really liked him, and he can get the job done 2. as well as anybody ive seen.now old MRFORD has to go to sleep at the games and never mind the money, let BILL JR. take care of it. i know he built the ford factory and is a Multi Million Dollarorganization, he can afford to let go of some of it.oh by the way i am a ford fan and so is my family. my boys do not like the BO tie on these cars now days.oh well enough said for now. thanks Tim, for listening to me spout. u have a wonderful day and God Bless.

  3. By Michael_Jay on Sep 1, 2012 | Reply

    Lance Long, Dan Gerberry, and Everette Brown/Andre Fluellen should be the final 3 in.

  4. By Kate on Sep 1, 2012 | Reply

    I think that Everette Brown had a great preseason and is deserving of a spot on the practice squad, if he doesn’t get picked up by another team….

  5. By Barrysghost on Sep 1, 2012 | Reply

    PUT LANCE LONG on the practice squad… heck, he shouldn’t have even been cut.

  6. By Touch Dowen on Sep 1, 2012 | Reply

    Really happy and excited to welcome back a couple of players who caught my eye, including Carmen, Patrick, and Stephfon. You were missed!!!

  7. By redwingliger on Sep 1, 2012 | Reply

    Stephfon Green AWESOME!!!

  8. By Touch Dowen on Sep 1, 2012 | Reply

    Everette, you are a play-maker! Alex, I’d take you over Will any day of the week. Reshard, you are a ball hawk! Best of luck to you all, take it easy on us once you make it to the big time!

  9. By Henry on Sep 1, 2012 | Reply

    I can see Patrick and Carmen getting more practice when we have so many similar or better players in their positions. I’d prefer to see Stephfon Green on the 53 man roster. He too needs practice, but so do the other backs. Green was already showing Big Play results both as a Back and returning for Special Teams. I would rank him #2 behind Smith, then it’s a toss between Bell and Williams. I haven’t seen enough production to be so optimistic about Leshoure; he might be great – but so far I’ve seen little. Logan has had a lot of touches with less impressive results (I’m not saying he’s not good – just less impressive). Green seems to be almost as fast as Best, but stronger. I’d kinda don’t like risking losing him on the Practice Squad, though we are alot better off than completely separated from him.

  10. By redwingliger on Sep 1, 2012 | Reply

    I just wanted to give a shout out to the Lions returning PS players. Make sure you don’t let up, because you never know when you may be needed, so make sure you get ready, and make improvements to your craft. Congratulations, you’re obviously not too far from earning a place on the starting roster.

  11. By rockbo1955 on Sep 1, 2012 | Reply

    They new what they were doing all along ! I wonder who the other three will be!

  12. By Fred on Sep 1, 2012 | Reply

    Messina, Edwards, and Austin. Glad you got them back! Think about Jerrell Jackson-wr(Houston), Jacqius Smith-de(Miami), Desmond Wynn-og(Tampa Bay), and James Rodgers-rs(Atlanta) for practice squad. What would it cost to get Marvin McNutt-WR(Philadephia’s Practice squad?) If someone gets injured, Get Everett Brown back!!!

  13. By Lions Ace81 on Sep 1, 2012 | Reply

    The Lions coaches did a great thing in bringing back Messina, Edwards, Austin, Weaver and of course S. Green. But, you have got to bring back Alex G. and Everette Brown. Play makers in training. C’mon MAN!

  14. By kjazz24 on Sep 1, 2012 | Reply

    Stephon Green is going to give a big boost to the running game he’s one of quickest backs i seen this year.

  15. By john on Sep 2, 2012 | Reply

    Lance long should be included also

  16. By David on Sep 2, 2012 | Reply

    Lance Long impressed me..Make sure he gets somewhere with the lions.

  17. By Little on Sep 2, 2012 | Reply

    John, Long has too many years of NFL service to be included on practice squad, and Junior Hemingway and D.J. Cunningham are both available and could step in and play quality reps if need be with speed,size, and great hands.

  18. By russbell on Sep 4, 2012 | Reply

    we need junior hemingway can we get him . russ

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