With plenty of roster decisions looming in the coming weeks, the Detroit Lions got things off to an interesting start on Wednesday, trimming a safety who provided some excellent depth in 2012.
Ricardo Silva, who played in six games for Detroit last year and filled in admirably for Louis Delmas and Amari Spievey, was cut from the roster. Also heading out of town is defensive end Spencer Nealy. In their place, the Lions added defensive tackle Xavier Proctor and safety Trever Coston.
Given all the new blood in the fold (Glover Quin, Chris Hope) Silva wasn't projected to play as major a role this season and was working out with the third team defense, so he became more expendable than in years past. In his place, the Lions add Coston, who had a cup of coffee tryout with the Chicago Bears and still has practice squad eligibility.
Proctor replaces Nealy on the line, with the Lions needing a bit more beef in the middle to spell the starters and backups. Neither Coston nor Proctor should be counted on to provide much more than camp bodies in the coming weeks, but Silva's subtraction is the most interesting move of note, considering the role he played for a Detroit team in need of bodies in the secondary last season.
Now that Quin and Hope are in the fold along with a healthy Spievey and Delmas, the Lions must believe they have enough depth to compensate for any critical injuries at safety this season. Silva didn't play fantastic last year in limited time, but he did have an interception along with game experience, which proves vital in mop up duty.
Other moves such as this in the coming weeks will tell the story about the 2013 Lions. Martin Mayhew and company must view the secondary as a strength if they're willing to cut a player with meaningful game experience. Such a move wouldn't happen so soon in other years.
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