Earlier today, the Detroit Lions began the process of paring down their active roster to 75 — which must be completed by Aug. 27 at 4:00 pm E.T. — by releasing five players. They released WR Chaz Schilens, DB DJ Johnson, G Derek Hardman, DL John Drew and DB Ross Weaver.
Of the five, Schilens is the only player with any significant playing time in the past, having racked up 100 receptions for 1,191 yards and nine scores during his time with the Raiders and Jets. His release doesn’t come as much of a surprise as he failed to make a reception through the Lions first three preseason games. It will be interesting to see what he has to say this time around as he aired his grievances with the Jets prior to the Lions’ first preseason game against them.
Hardman played in 15 games during his three seasons spent with Tampa Bay, and DJ Johnson is a veteran journeyman who played for the Redskins last season. For Drew, it’s the second time he’s been let go in as many months, previously by the Patriots before he could even step on the practice field. Both Drew and Weaver, who were longshots to make the roster to begin with, have been dealing with injuries in camp.