Good morning and ROOOAAARRR!!!!
ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- Martell Webb didn't play much at Michigan. Stuck in an offense that didn't utilize tight ends and with Kevin Koger ahead of him, Webb's opportunity just never came.
The NFL, though, apparently sees something it likes in Webb, who had nine catches for 111 yards and two touchdowns in his college career. The Detroit Lions brought the tight end onto its practice squad this week -- Webb's seventh team since 2011.
"It's all been a learning experience," Webb said. "It's actually made me stronger throughout this whole time. I'm just grinding, going to grind it out, work hard. That's all I can do, and let the rest play out."
Webb's journey back home -- he is originally from Michigan as well -- started in Philadelphia as an undrafted free agent, and continued to the New York Jets, Tampa Bay, Arizona, Indianapolis, Tennessee and, now, Detroit.
The Lions brought Webb in because they have only two healthy tight ends -- Brandon Pettigrew and Joseph Fauria. The team cut Dorin Dickerson and Tony Scheffler earlier this season, and rookie Michael Williams is on injured reserve.
"Well, we needed a tight end. We were light on tight ends. Particularly with practice, it was hindering our ability to practice," coach Jim Schwartz said. "We were using defensive linemen and linebackers to get scout-team reps, and that played a big part. He worked out for us yesterday and showed some pretty good things.
"He’s a big strong guy. More of a blocking-type tight end, but he’ll fit in nicely for us.”
And now a look at the Lions from around the Interwebs:
Ten(ish) Questions with ... linebacker Tahir Whitehead. Wide receiver Kris Durham is showing consistency, and Calvin Johnson is using yoga to stay healthy. Johnson is also on John Clayton's midseason All-Pro team and a big key in this week's Double Coverage Lions-Bears preview. And Nate Burleson will meet with doctors on Friday.
The Lions see right through Brandon Marshall's edict that this is just another game, writes Carlos Monarrez of the Detroit Free Press.
If Bill Bentley doesn't play, the Lions might have some secondary issues, writes Chris McCosky in the Detroit News. That said, everything is falling into place for the Lions, writes Bob Wojnowski in the News.
Darius Slay is working on his technique and learning under Rashean Mathis, writes Justin Rogers of MLive.