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Detroit Lions Sign Cornerback Brandon King, Release Devin Thomas and Alex Elkins

August 5th, 2013 at 6:37 PM
By Max DeMara

Just one day after he came off the PUP list, former Michigan State wide receiver Devin Thomas was released, helping make way for more competition in the secondary. Also leaving town was linebacker Alex Elkins and entering was cornerback Brandon King, formally of the Jacksonville Jaguars.

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Thomas, 26, was best known for playing a winning role on special teams during the New York Giants' march to the Super Bowl in 2012. He has been fighting injuries since, and was sitting out of Lions' camp throughout the first week until finally suiting up for drills on Sunday morning. Elkins was an undrafted free agent out of Oklahoma State who didn't figure to see much playing time, being the Lions are set to keep six linebackers.

In their place, the Lions signed King, a young cornerback who has struggled to see time in the NFL. After being signed as an undrafted free agent by the Colts in 2010, King was released during final cuts, catching on in Miami briefly, then finding his way back to Indianapolis and then Jacksonville. The young man from Purdue has only registered three career tackles.

Later in the day, Detroit signed former Cleveland Browns linebacker Adrian Moten, who will fill in the spot that Elkins departed after he was cut recently. Like King, Moten has struggled to stick anywhere since entering the league in 2011 as an undrafted free agent. Before playing with the Browns, he saw time with Indianapolis, Seattle and Philadelphia, collecting seven tackles. 

Each of the two new players entering are likely camp bodies, who's ceiling should likely be considered nothing but backups to future backups.

Max DeMara is the managing editor of Lions 101. You can find him on this site's Twitter @detroitlions101

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