Morning Roar: OG Austin on his activation

December, 4, 2013
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ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- In the end, Rodney Austin wanted to stay in Detroit.

So when the Tennessee Titans reached out last week with interest in signing him off the Lions practice squad, Austin wanted to give the team he has spent the past two season with a chance to match the offer and promote him.

Detroit did. So Austin stayed.

"They came with it and they matched it," Austin said. "So I'm still here."

Austin has versatility and can play both guard and center -- this isn't uncommon for a lot of interior linemen -- so they decided to keep him around, although Detroit is primarily looking at him as a guard right now. It was a chance Austin had hoped for since joining the Lions as an undrafted rookie free agent out of Elon last season.

"It's a lot of hard work and just keeping my head down and doing my job," Austin said. "I got my break. I'm very grateful and very appreciative of the opportunity."

Bottom line, though, Detroit held onto Austin because the Lions believe he can contribute to the actual roster in the future -- and potentially in the present if the Lions had enough injuries at guard.

He is probably fifth on the depth chart there, though, after starters Rob Sims and Larry Warford, Dylan Gandy and Leroy Harris, who is only active in injury situations.

"He made a run last year in training camp," Detroit coach Jim Schwartz said of Austin. "And continued that through the offseason this year and training camp.

"He's a guy who we think has a future. When you're on the practice squad, you're not just a practice player. You've got to be able to develop and I think he's done a good job."

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ESPN Detroit Lions reporter

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