How the Latest Roster Move Affects Sunday’s Game

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This week the Detroit Lions made some moves to the team. The first Lions roster move was the release of tight end Andrew Quarless, who was coming off his two game suspension. They also worked out four linebackers with that roster spot being seriously depleted due to injuries. Those four were Jamari Lattimore, Zaviar Gooden, Joplo Bartu and James-Michael Johnson, none of whom made the roster. Former Lion Joique Bell was also worked out and it looked like he was going to sign with the team, but as of today he still remains a free agent.

So what was the roster move for Detroit then? Wide receiver Aaron Dobson. Detroit finally added a fifth wide receiver to the team in Dobson and the move is somewhat questionable. Dobson hasn’t had that much of a career, only having 53 catches for 698 yards and four touchdowns in his three years in New England.  While it does help out with depth at the position, it isn’t a ground-breaking move.

How will it impact the game on Sunday? Well, realistically, Dobson may not even hit the field. Andre Roberts, Detroit’s current number four receiver, only takes to the field on kick/punt returns and only has one catch for eight yards. Now there could be a chance that Dobson jumps over Roberts as the number four wide receiver, but odds are that without having much time with the team and the playbook, he will be the number five.

Overall, Dobson might not have an impact on this week’s game, but if he stays on the team longer and can get a chance to hit the field, he could jump over Roberts at the four spot and maybe work his way up the depth chart. Detroit still needs that linebacker corps strengthening though…

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Brandon Knapp is a senior at Central Michigan University, majoring in Journalism, minoring in Sports Management. He was born and raised in the city of Marysville, MI. He also writes for and covers the Michigan Wolverines Football team (his other love). Brandon also enjoys watching the Detroit Red Wings, Pistons and Tigers.