Detroit Lions sign LB Kelvin Sheppard

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Detroit Lions sign LB Kelvin Sheppard

The Lions have another linebacker and another former Giant.

After the Detroit Lions shipped Golden Tate to the Philadelphia Eagles , they had an open spot on the roster. Wednesday afternoon, the team filled the vacancy.

The Lions announced they have signed linebacker Kelvin Sheppard .

Sheppard becomes yet another former New York Giants player to make his way over to the Lions defense. Along with Romeo Okwara , Devon Kennard , Damon Harrison, Sheppard becomes the fourth member of the Lions’ front seven to join the team this year as a former Giant.

Sheppard was worked out by the team twice this season: once back in July , once earlier in the week, per Adam Schefter . Sheppard is a 30-year-old veteran who has started 62 games since 2011. He most recently started in six games with the Giants in 2017, amassing 49 tackles and two interceptions as a midseason addition for New York. However, his overall PFF grade was just 46.5—good for 59th among linebackers, per Pro Football Rumors .

The Lions could be in need of some linebacker depth. Toward the end of Sunday’s game against the Seahawks , both Jalen Reeves-Maybin and Christian Jones appeared to have suffered injuries, though it’s not clear how serious they are.

Either way, Sheppard brings a fair amount of experience and production to a Lions linebacking corps that is lacking in both. Although don’t expect much from a player that was still available this deep into the 2018 season.

The team also made a change with their practice squad adding DE Alex Barrett while releasing TE Jerome Cunningham.

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