The Patriots have acquired tackle Michael Williams from the Lions in exchange for a future draft pick, according to NFL.com. Williams is expected to be among the reserve options for the back end of their offensive line in the 2015 season.
Lions tackle Michael Williams is finally feeling comfortable in his new position, per mlive.com. The former tight end struggled initially to adjust to his new role as a tackle, but he's improved drastically and he along with his coaches have taken notice. "I remember how out of place I felt," said Williams, who moved from tight end to offensive tackle last offseason. "But now I feel like I'm at the right position. I feel like I'm in place. I feel like I'm impressing coaches, and impressing myself." Williams spent last season as a member of the Lions' practice squad.
The Lions filled their entire 10-man practice squad, signing guard Rodney Austin, tight end Michael Egnew, fullback Emil Igwenagu, safety Nate Ness, receiver Andrew Peacock, defensive tackle Xavier Proctor, cornerback Mohammed Seisay, linebacker Julian Stanford, offensive tackle Michael Williams and running back George Winn.
The Lions have announced all their cuts in getting their roster down to 53. The offensive players released are fullback Chad Abram, quarterback James Franklin, linemen Michael Williams, Garrett Reynolds and Darren Keyton, wide receiver Kris Durham, running backs George Winn and Michael Egnew. The defenders gone are cornerbacks Chris Greenwood, Mohammed Seisay, Nate Ness, Aaron Hester and Jonte Green, end Darryl Tapp and linebacker Shamari Benton. Placekicker Giorgio Tavecchio and punter Drew Butler have also been cut.
The Lions will move tight end Michael Williams to offensive tackle, the Oakland Press reports. Williams is 6-foot-6 and 270 pounds and best known for his blocking, not for his receiving skills. He was a late-round draft pick of the Lions last year.
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