The Lions have another linebacker and another former Giant.
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 Lionsâ€™ 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 46.5â€”good for 59th among linebackers, per Pro Football Rumors .
The Lions could be in need of some linebacker depth. Toward the end of Sundayâ€™s game against the Seahawks , both Jalen Reeves-Maybin and Christian Jones appeared to have suffered injuries, though itâ€™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 donâ€™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.