The Detroit Lions trimmed their roster to 53 players on Saturday and signed an additional eight more to the practice squad the following day. Now, the Lions look to critique the roster in anticipation of the home opener against Minnesota on Sunday.
The interior defensive line, one of the teams perceived strengths, features two of the top defensive tackles in the game (Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley) but the depth behind them — Justin Bannon and C.J. Mosely — has been mediocre through the first four preseason games. According to CBSSport’s Jason La Canfora, the Lions will host a defensive tackle this afternoon.
Detroit Lions are hosting former Giants DT Marvin Austin for a visit today. Could be interesting in their strong rotation
— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) September 2, 2013
Austin was the New York Giants second round pick in 2011, but missed his entire rookie season with a chet muscle injury. In 2012, he saw action in eight games and recorded just eight tackles.
Coming out of North Carolina, Austin was praised for his elite quickness and pass rushing ability, a noted weakness in the Lions second unit. However, lack of consistency and motivation have followed him since his days as a Tar Heel.
The 24-year old was waived Saturday by the Giants and passed through waivers.