Lions add former Western Michigan DE Freddie Bishop to roster

Posted by ttwentyman on May 14, 2013 – 10:58 am

Eddie Bishop

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The Lions added more depth along their defensive line Tuesday with the addition of former Western Michigan University defensive end Freddie Bishop to a new three-year deal.

Bishop, who’s an undrafted rookie free agent, first impressed the Lions back on April 17 at the local pro day hosted by the Lions. Bishop qualified for the workout being from Inkster, which is within the 50-mile radius that all the players had to live within to participate.

He had a career high 63 tackles and a team best 11.5 tackles-for-loss, which also ranked fifth best in the Mid-American Conference, as a senior.  He had four sacks, which tied for second on the team, and also led the Broncos with five quarterback hurries to go along with a pair of forced fumbles and a blocked field goal against rival Central Michigan.

He had 12 tackles-for-loss and 5.5 sacks as a junior.

Bishop (6-3, 253) will join Ziggy Ansah, Jason Jones, Willie Young, Devin Taylor and Ronnell Lewis in the defensive end rotation.

He’s also the 90th player signed to the roster, which is the maximum the team can have. Any further signing will result in a coinciding release.

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11 Responses to “Lions add former Western Michigan DE Freddie Bishop to roster”

  1. By Mike Sudds on May 14, 2013 | Reply

    The addition of Bishop doesn’t crowd the DE position, IMO. The Lions will likely keep 5 DEs; one of which will fill the dual purpose of a DE/DT hybrid (Jason Jones).

    Good signing, and I wonder what will happen during camp with respect to Ronnell Lewis’ spot on the depth chart.

  2. By Hawkeye on May 14, 2013 | Reply

    Have not read anything about Kickalicious. I had stated when Lions first signed him that I did not think he could make transition from kicking with no one in front of him to having a line of guys trying to knock you down. So how did he do in the rookie camp???

  3. By Shane Fountain on May 14, 2013 | Reply

    This Kid Bishop from Western michigan has the potential to be a beast at defensive end if he can get in there make the quick connection and learn !!!! He could be AWESOME !!! Great sign Lions

  4. By rockbo1955 on May 14, 2013 | Reply

    I am really surprise with all the hard work and good players! I am looking forward to this season and healthy year for the team that has improved tremendously this year,Great job lions!

  5. By Black Wolf Standing on May 14, 2013 | Reply

    @Hawkeye: He’s still around and hasn’t been released. So that means his leg power is real and his accuracy is real. More than likely if Rugland can consistently kick the ball into the end zone on kick offs and make 80% or more on FG’s, then he’ll be our kicker. Aker’s declining numbers has to be worrisome to anybody. We have a descent kid who can improve verses a veteran who is on the downside of his career. Cutting Rugland just doesn’t make sense.

  6. By nighttrain1 on May 14, 2013 | Reply

    The only think I heard about kickalicious is they had to teach him how to put on a helmet, that’s not good, but would love to hear how he kicks, just say something about the guy, anything, good or bad.

  7. By Black Wolf Standing on May 14, 2013 | Reply

    A friend of mine seen Freddie Bishop play. At 6’3″, this kid has a surprising amount of speed and quickness. He can play both OLB and DE. This seems to be the direction the Lions are going with reserves. They want players that can play both DE and OLB more than likely for the few times Detroit tries to change up their defense to throw off opposing offenses.

    If Detroit was going to show more 3-4 this year than previous years (I know – the 4-3 wide 9 is Detroit’s primary defense), this kid should at least be a practice squad member if not the number four DE on depth chart.

  8. By Mike Barnett on May 14, 2013 | Reply

    I like what the lions are doing on offense and defense with the impact players. And the direction they are going, shows how good they are going to be for year’s to come. The Lions Are For Real!!!

  9. By Black Wolf Standing on May 15, 2013 | Reply

    @Nighttrain1: Detroit’s training staff probably had to show Rugland everything about putting on a football uniform. Proper taping. Proper pad placement and fit. Even putting on a professional helmet is not as easy as it sounds. Proper head positioning and fit in the helmet is crucial. IDK if Lions do this, but some teams always personally fit uniforms for every player at the start of the season just to make sure every player is wearing their uniform correctly and the pads do not unduly hinder the player’s performance or protection. And you have all offensive players with that nice tight shirt that cannot be grabbed.

  10. By nighttrain1 on May 15, 2013 | Reply

    Mike Barnett, I agree, I also like what the Lions are doing on defense and offense. It seems to me that since the injury bug hit them very hard every year to key people, they are bringing in people almost as good as the starters so when injury happens,they won’t miss a beat. That’s what good teams do, the Lions will reach elite status and I think it’s going to start this year.

  11. By Robert Ballard on May 15, 2013 | Reply

    At least there will be “different” players vying for spots on the team. Last year’s batch were not producers. So let’s see!

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