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NFL Workout Updates: 10/16/18

Here’s the latest from the workout circuit. Links to veteran NFL reporter Howard Balzer’s Twitter account, unless otherwise noted.

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Minor NFL Transactions: 10/15/18

Today’s minor moves:

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  • Promoted from practice squad: TE Ross Dwelley
  • Waived: DL Ryan Delaire

NFL Practice Squad Updates: 10/15/18

We’ll keep track of today’s practice squad moves here:

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  • Signed: RB Mark Thompson, LB Alvin Jones, OL Randin Crecelius
  • Cut: DB Kai Nacua, WR Andre Levrone

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  • Signed: DB Ronald Zamort

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  • Signed: OL Ruben Holcomb

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Lions To Place CB Jamal Agnew On IR

The Lions will place cornerback/return man Jamal Agnew on injured reserve with a knee injury, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.com (Twitter link).

Agnew, 23, earned All-Pro honors as a specialist during his rookie season in 2017 after leading the NFL in punt return yardage and average, and also scored two touchdowns on special teams. His prowess in the kicking game had continued into this season, but Agnew had also been asked to play more on defense, where his playtime percentage had jumped from just 7.8% a year ago to 36.3% in 2018. Pro Football Focus gave Agnew poor marks for his coverage abilities, however, grading him as a bottom-10 cornerback.

While he’s heading to injured reserve, Agnew could potentially return later this season if the Lions are making a playoff push, per Schefter. NFL rules stipulate a minimum eight-game absence for Agnew, meaning he could return in mid-December if Detroit is in contention. At present, the Lions aren’t a likely playoff team, as FiveThirtyEight.com gives the 2-3 Detroit club just a 25% chance of earning a postseason berth.

With Agnew out, cornerbacks Teez Tabor and DeShawn Shead could see more snaps behind starters Darius Slay and Nevin Lawson. On special teams, running back Ameer Abdullah could potentially be activated for only the second time this season in order to take over on kick and punt returns.

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Lions Audition CB Tony Lippett

Defensive lineman Tank Carradine and tight end Clive Walford weren’t the only veteran free agents to work out for the Lions today. Cornerback Tony Lippett also auditioned for Detroit on Wednesday, tweets veteran NFL reporter Howard Balzer.

Lippett, who transformed from a collegiate wideout to an NFL corner, was a 13-game starter for the Dolphins in 2016, but didn’t make it through final cutdowns earlier this year after missing the entire 2017 campaign with a torn Achilles. Provided he’s now healthy, Lippett could give Detroit’s secondary a boost, as the club ranks just 29th in passing defense DVOA. While starters Darius Slay and Nevin Lawson have played well, nickel back Jamal Agnew ranks as a bottom-10 NFL corner, per Pro Football Focus, and is now dealing with an injury.

Lippett, 26, has drawn plenty of interest since being cut by Miami, as he’s worked out for the Giants, Jets, Seahawks, and Bills.

Here’s the full list of players the Lions worked out today:

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Lions Claim Pipkins, Cut Flowers

The Lions have claimed cornerback Lenzy Pipkins off of waivers from the Colts, as Field Yates of ESPN.com tweets. To make room, the Lions have cut veteran linebacker Marquis Flowers.

Pipkins, an Oklahoma State product, appeared in 12 games for the Packers last season. He started out the 2018 season on the Colts’ practice squad, but earned a promotion in early October and actually started in his lone game with the varsity squad, a 38-24 loss against the Patriots in primetime.

Flowers is out of work, but he’s no stranger to the transactions wire. This offseason, he missed the Pats’ final cut before reuniting with old defensive coordinator Matt Patricia in Detroit.

Flowers mostly played special teams for the Bengals in 2016, but he saw time on 361 snaps for the Patriots in 2017. The 26-year-old finished out the regular season with 30 tackles and 3.5 sacks and even started in two games. In the playoffs, he added another six tackles and one sack.

Lions Work Out TE Clive Walford

The Lions worked out tight end Clive Walford, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com (on Twitter). Walford has been hitting the workout circuit hard as of late and is coming off of recent auditions with the Seahawks and Bengals. Rapoport expects him to sign somewhere soon, and a deal could come together in Detroit. 

The Lions currently have two newcomers leading their TE group in Luke Willson and Levine Toilolo. Last year’s fourth-round pick, Michael Roberts, is positioned as the team’s third TE, but he’s missed the club’s last three games due to a knee injury. The Lions’ Week 6 bye will give him a chance to rest up, though his status for Week 7 against the Dolphins remains murky.

Walford, a third-round pick of the Raiders in 2015, missed the Jets’ final cut in the offseason. His best season came in 2016 when he hauled in 33 catches for 359 yards and three scores. Last year, he had just nine catches for 80 yards with Oakland.

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Tank Carradine Meets With Lions

Former Raiders defensive end Tank Carradine, who was released last week at his request, will visit the Lions on Wednesday, a source tells Ian Rapoport of NFL.com (on Twitter). The former second-round pick of the 49ers is looking for more playing time, and he could have that opportunity in Detroit as Ezekiel Ansah continues to rehab from a shoulder injury. 

Carradine has yet to live up to his 2013 draft status and notched just 1.5 sacks and 19 tackles last season. His best season came in 2014 when he had three sacks in nine games. On the plus side, Carradine has done a decent job of generating pressure off of the edge, despite his low sack totals. Last year, his production would have placed him among Pro Football Focus’ top 50 edge defenders if he had enough snaps to qualify.

Without Ansah, the Lions are working with a defensive end group that includes rookie Da’Shawn Hand, Romeo Okwara, Eric Lee, and Kerry Hyder. Okwara has three sacks and Hand has two sacks and two forced fumbles, but the Lions have interest in Carradine for depth.

Lions Expected OL T.J. Lang Back This Season

Lions offensive guard T.J. Lang is still in the concussion protocol after having suffered his sixth career brain injury, but the team is still expecting the veteran to be back at some point this season. The 31-year-old was even in the building last week helping the team prepare for their matchup against his former team, the Packers.

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NFL Workout Updates: 10/9/18

Here’s the latest from the workout circuit, courtesy of veteran NFL reporter Howard Balzer:

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Baltimore Ravens

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Indianapolis Colts

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Tennessee Titans