Lions sign WR Ogletree, release DT Smith

October, 2, 2013
10/02/13
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Turns out D'Anthony Smith's stay in Detroit was a short one.

A week and a day after the Lions claimed Smith off waivers from Seattle, they released him and signed wide receiver Kevin Ogletree, most recently of Tampa Bay.

On a lot of levels, this makes sense for Detroit. The Lions were still needing a receiver since Nate Burleson broke his forearm last Tuesday and Patrick Edwards was hobbled with an injured ankle.

Ogletree gives Detroit a taller veteran -- he's 6-1 -- to work with in the receiving corps.

Originally undrafted out of Virginia, the Queens, N.Y., native played his first four seasons in the NFL with Dallas, catching 57 passes for 730 yards and four touchdowns. He went to Tampa Bay to start this season and caught eight passes for 70 yards and a score in the team's first four games.

He was then released and the Lions jumped on him as an experienced, young receiver.

How fast he'll be able to make an impact remains to be seen. Detroit could use extra receivers against Green Bay and while Edwards practiced fully Wednesday, his status for Sunday is uncertain. At the very least, Ogletree's signing gives the Lions another healthy receiver to go with Calvin Johnson, Kris Durham, Ryan Broyles and return specialist Micheal Spurlock.

Michael Rothstein | email

ESPN Detroit Lions reporter

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