Lions sign 12 players to futures deals

Posted by ttwentyman on January 1, 2013 – 7:03 pm

The Lions have signed 12 players to futures contracts.

The list includes: receiver Patrick Edwards, cornerback Lionel Smith, guard Rodney Austin, cornerback Conroy Black, receiver Troy Burrell, linebacker Carmen Messina, running back Devin Moore, cornerback Ross Weaver, receiver Lance Long, receiver Dominique Curry, receiver Terrence Austin and receiver Chastin West.

Curry spent time with the Lions in training camp and Long was with the team for a stretch during the regular season.

Terrence Austin spent 2010 and 2011 with the Redskins, playing in 18 games with 15 catches for 184 yards.

West played in 12 games with the Jaguars in 2011 and had 13 catches for 163 yards and two touchdowns.

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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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