The Lions, lying in wait for the new year ...
The depth continues to build for the Detroit Lions with players unknown to most and unlikely to be on the final 53-man roster come the start of the season in September.
The man the Lions officially signed Monday, though, might have a chance down the road.
Jordan Thompson, a tight end from Ohio University who went undrafted last season, became the fifth tight end on the roster. That is not why he might eventually have a chance to make the team. Thompson won't make the roster as a tight end unless he surprises everyone -- not with Brandon Pettigrew, Joseph Fauria and Michael Williams in front of him.
Where he could eventually make the Detroit roster -- or another roster at some point -- is his other ability. Long snapping. Not much was made of this and the Lions have one of the top snappers in the NFL, Don Muhlbach, but Thompson could be a player who gets stashed away on a practice squad for a year or two before being brought up to actually take over the role.
Here's some video of him snapping. It is as exciting as it sounds. Three minutes of nothing but snaps. All snaps. All the time. But guys can make careers out of this -- ask Muhlbach -- so if he's able to have this type of role, he may end up with a chance at a future roster spot.
And now, a look at Lions news from around the Interwebs:
Reggie Bush put his Hollywood Hills home on the market. Calvin Johnson is the only Lions player in the top 50 of player sales lists. The Lions could look for late value with quarterbacks. The NFL draft preview begins with a look at the quarterback position.
Golden Tate likes how Jim Caldwell is working on team building, writes Dave Birkett in the Detroit Free Press.
The Lions could draft an outside pass-rusher, writes Chris McCosky in the Detroit News.
Drafting tight end Eric Ebron wouldn't be a big surprise for the Lions, writes Justin Rogers of MLive.