The Detroit Lions have made a minor roster move at the skill positions today ahead of tomorrow’s big game against the Cincinnati Bengals. According to Lions excellent official site beat writer Tim Twentyman, the Lions have released tight end Dorin Dickerson and promoted wide receiver Jeremy Ross from the practice squad, and Ross is expected to play tomorrow.
Dickerson was signed by the Lions on Monday, and that leaves Brandon Pettigrew and Joseph Fauria as the team’s only healthy TEs with Tony Scheffler concussed. Unless if Scheffler has suddenly made big progress, it looks like the Lions have full confidence in trotting out two solid TEs and adding depth at WR instead. Dickerson, a 25-year-old Pittsburgh product, appeared in 11 games last season for the Buffalo Bills and is an H-back.
Jeremy Ross is also 25, and he’s an interesting wide receiver as a second-year UDFA out of Cal. He was cut by the Green Bay Packers after fumbling a kickoff, but he did appear in three games this year and five games last year. Ross has plenty of experience on returns, and he had one reception for eight yards with the Packers this year. It will be interesting to see how many snaps he gets tomorrow, since Twentyman says he “should” be active tomorrow.