Now, he’s out of a job.
Ogletree was cut by the Lions on Saturday, according to colleague Field Yates. The Queens, New York, native was inactive for the Lions’ first two games of the season, having been passed on the depth chart by Jeremy Ross and Corey Fuller.
Detroit cut Ogletree to make room for cornerback Mohammed Seisay, who is being promoted from the Lions’ practice squad after an injury to cornerback Cassius Vaughn.
This leaves the Lions with five wide receivers on the roster: Calvin Johnson, Golden Tate, Ross, Fuller and Ryan Broyles. In the first two games of the year, the Lions only kept four receivers active -- Johnson, Tate, Ross and Fuller -- leaving both Ogletree and Broyles inactive on game days. This made one or both expendable when injuries piled up in the secondary.
Detroit likely kept Broyles over Ogletree because he is a former second-round draft pick of the club in 2012 and he had an impressive preseason coming off an Achilles injury.
The 27-year-old Ogletree signed with the Lions last season after being released by Tampa Bay after four games. He caught 13 passes for 199 yards last year.
In 62 career regular-season games, Ogletree caught 78 passes for 999 yards and six touchdowns.