The Lions have officially placed running back Ameer Abdullah on injured reserve and used that roster spot to sign 25-year-old free agent wide receiver Aaron Dobson. Having spent his first three seasons as a pro with the New England Patriots, Dobson’s best season came in his rookie year when he had 37 receptions for 519 yards and four scores. The last few years haven’t been all that productive for him however, as his career has been plagued with injuries. He spent time on the injured reserve list in both 2014 (hamstring), and 2015 (high ankle sprain). Dobson most likely won’t make much of an impact on the team this season. He will likely serve as the teams 5th receiver, so he won’t be called upon often. Dobson has flashed potential during his career in New England, and since he is still young there is time for him to turn his career around and become a productive NFL player.
In addition to Aaron Dobson, the Lions worked out linebackers Joplo Bartu, James-Michael Johnson, Zaviar Gooden, and Jamari Lattimore. Also they worked out former Detroit Lions running back Joique Bell. The Lions have already suffered a number of injures during the first two weeks of the season. Last week linebacker DeAndre Levy missed the game with a quad injury, and during the game linebackers Antwione Williams and Kyle Van Noy suffered injuries as well. This leaves the Lions with few options at the position and they will likely look to add some depth in case the injured players miss more time. The team may also add a running back to the roster since Ameer Abdullah will miss at least the next 8 games after he underwent surgery for a foot injury. This leaves the Lions with Theo Riddick, Dwayne Washington, and Zach Zenner at the running back position.