Morning Roar: Lions bring in Stanford

December, 5, 2013
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ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- Julian Stanford thought he'd be headed to Tampa Bay on Tuesday. The linebacker had worked out for the Lions on Monday and was staying around town when he found out he wouldn't need to take that flight. He would be staying in Detroit instead.

"I felt like I had a good workout," Stanford said. "I know this is a tough business and sometimes you're not exactly what they are looking for. But in this situation I was."

Stanford said the Lions spoke with him after his workout and called him Tuesday morning to tell him to stick around. Once the team found out Travis Lewis would be suspended for four games for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing drugs, they had an extra roster spot.

So they signed Stanford, who played on all four special-teams units for Jacksonville last season. He had six special-teams tackles for the Jaguars last season and 17 tackles on defense.

He also had familiarity with Detroit special-teams coach John Bonamego, who was Jacksonville's special-teams coach last season.

"I feel as if I played well for him last year when I was in Jacksonville," Stanford said. "He liked me as a player, so it's definitely something to be excited about as well as joining such a great organization."

He also sees some familiar faces. Defensive tackle C.J. Mosley, cornerback Rashean Mathis and running back Montell Owens, who is on injured reserve, were some of his teammates with Jacksonville last year who have landed in Detroit.

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ESPN Detroit Lions reporter

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