Posted by ESPN.com’s Kevin Seifert
Wow. Detroit really is shaking up its quarterback depth chart, at least for the short term.
The Lions not only signed free agent Brooks Bollinger, as we discussed earlier Tuesday, but ESPN’s John Clayton reports that Detroit also claimed former New England quarterback Kevin O’Connell, whom the Patriots surprisingly waived Monday.
The flurry of activity left the Lions with five quarterbacks on their active roster. Only three of them are healthy, however, and only one of those three -- rookie Matthew Stafford -- was with the team when the sun rose Tuesday morning.
For the time being, O’Connell and veteran Brooks Bollinger are backing up Stafford while Daunte Culpepper (toe) and Drew Stanton (knee) are sidelined. The Lions will wrap up the preseason Thursday at Buffalo, and then they’ll have until Saturday -- the NFL’s deadline for shaving rosters to 53 players -- to sort out the quarterback situation.
Lions general manager Martin Mayhew has consistently taken advantage of the Lions’ position atop the NFL’s waiver system; by league rule, the team with the worst record gets top priority to claim any player subject to waivers. O’Connell is the latest player to arrive in Detroit via that avenue. It's a cheap and efficient way to evaluate leaguewide talent as the Lions rebuild their roster, and I think it's fair to expect more claims this weekend.