Most significant move: It appeared inevitable based off how the Detroit Lions were using Ryan Broyles in the preseason, but the team officially released the former second-round pick Monday as one of the first roster cuts to reach 75 players.
Detroit’s second-round pick in 2012, Broyles had season-ending injuries his rookie year (torn ACL) and second season (ruptured Achilles). He made the Lions last season, but was used sparingly behind Golden Tate. Even when he was active on game days, he was barely used. He played in five games last season, was thrown to four times and caught two passes for 25 yards.
When he was running with second- and third-team players throughout the first few weeks of training camp, that was a sign the Lions were eventually going to move on from Broyles in either the first or second wave of cuts.
The more interesting question is whether Broyles is picked up by another team. He has never really been in a position where he could show what he could do when fully healthy, so there’s a chance another NFL club will at least bring him in to see if he has anything left. He is, after all, the one-time NCAA leader in receptions.
The tougher cuts are coming: Other than Broyles, most of the moves were expected and made up of players who likely were not going to be part of the final 53-man roster. Detroit has some much more difficult moves to make Saturday, when the club must make decisions at linebacker, running back, wide receiver and tight end. Trading kicker Kyle Brindza, who wasn’t going to make the roster, to Tampa Bay for Tim Wright added a layer of intrigue in the final week of the preseason as he’ll now be thrown into a competition with Joseph Fauria for a potential roster spot.
Lions' moves: QB Garrett Gilbert, RB Desmond Martin, WR Ryan Broyles, WR Vernon Johnson, WR Andrew Peacock, TE Deon Butler, TE Jacob Maxwell, DE Erik Williams, DT Roy Philon, LB Justin Cherocci, CB Jocquel Skinner, CB R.J. Stanford, CB Chris Owens (reserve/injured).