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.
Tags: Carmen Messina, Patrick Edwards, Rodney Austin, Ross Weaver, Stephfon Green
Posted in Lions Insider Tim Twentyman | 18 Comments »