Detroit Lions Roster Updates as 2023 NFL Season Approaches


The NFL’s 2023 season kickoff is fast approaching, and every team, including the Detroit Lions, is hard at work solidifying its roster. Here’s an overview of the Lions’ recent transactions and the NFL’s key roster deadlines to consider.

2023 Roster Deadline

The approach to roster cuts has shifted this year:

  • Only One Deadline: Unlike 2022, teams face just one roster cut deadline this year.
  • Deadline Date and Time: Tuesday, August 29, at 4 p.m. ET.

Although the single cut offers more leeway for evaluation, teams like the Lions will still make strategic adjustments leading up to the final day.

Recent Roster Additions

S Scott Nelson: 6-2, 205 lbs, 24 years old.

  • Detroit’s very own, starred at U-D Jesuit in high school.
  • Went undrafted from Wisconsin in 2022.
  • Had stints on the Seahawks and Steelers’ practice squads.
  • Has a reputation for being a reliable tackler.
  • Likely competing with Breeze and Brandon Joseph for final safety spot.

Transaction Note: To create space for Nelson, the Lions waived UDFA RB Mohamed Ibrahim with an injury designation.

WR Jason Moore: 6-3, 215 lbs, 28 years old.

  • Went undrafted out of the University of Findlay 2019.
  • Played four seasons with the Los Angeles Chargers.
  • Played in 20 games, secured six receptions for 104 yards.
  • Has a reputation for being a reliable receiver with good hands.
  • Likely vying for the final receiver spot against Maurice Alexander, Chase Cota, and Dylan Drummond.

Transaction Note: To create space for Moore, the Lions waived WR Denzel Mims with an injury designation.

Detroit Lions Transactions – August

August 20

  • Signed:
    • S Scott Nelson
  • Waived:
    • RB Mohamed Ibrahim

August 18

August 14

  • Signed:
    • WR Avery Davis
    • C Alex Mollette
  • Waived:
    • WR Trey Quinn

August 13

  • Signed:
    • CB Colby Richardson
  • Waived:
    • OL Ross Pierschbacher (with injury settlement)

August 12

  • Waived:
    • CB Tae Hayes

August 10

  • Signed:
    • QB Teddy Bridgewater
    • RB Benny Snell
  • Waived:
    • G Logan Stenberg
  • Other:
    • RB Justin Jackson placed on Reserve/Retired list

August 9

  • Signed:
    • RB Devine Ozigbo
  • Waived:
    • WR Avery Davis

August 7

  • Signed:
    • OL Bobby Hart
  • Waived:
    • LS Jake McQuaide

August 5

August 4

  • Waived:
    • CB Jaren Williams

August 2

August 1

  • Waived:
    • TE Shane Zylstra

Wrapping Up

With the critical roster deadline looming, make sure to stay tuned for more updates and the full list of August transactions.


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