The Lions waived Valles on Saturday, Michael Rothstein of ESPN.com reports. Valles suited up three games for the Lions this season, catching two of three targets for 11 yards. His ceiling is as a run-blocking tight end without fantasy relevance at this time.
Valles caught one of two targets for five yards during Monday's 48-17 loss to the Jets. Valles ultimately drew the second-most snaps of all Lions tight ends while seeing the most targets in the passing game. However, it's hard to get excited about his long-term outlook given the committee approach Detroit is taking to the position.
Valles has secured a spot on the Lions' 53-man roster, Kyle Meinke of MLive Media Group reports. It would've been a surprise had Valles not made the roster, given his impressive play in training camp and the preseason this summer. However, the tight end is still set to open the 2018 campaign buried on the depth chart and therefore unlikely to make a significant offensive impact.
Valles is making his case for a spot on the 53-man roster, according to Kyle Meinke of MLive.com. Valles looked excellent in joint practices against the Giants, hauling in a pair of touchdown passes while spending significant time with the first team. No. 2 TE Michael Roberts has struggled during August practices, so Valles could certainly spell him with both his run-blocking and pass-catching ability. Still, Valles hasn't made a catch over 12 games since entering the league in 2016, so his fantasy impact will be minimal behind starter Luke Willson.
Valles logged 18 offensive snaps but was held catchless in one appearance for the Lions in 2017. Valles, in his second season out of Monmouth, spent part of 2017 on the Lions' practice squad before getting promoted to the active roster in late December. He remains under contract with Detroit in 2018 but seemingly only has a chance to stick around if Detroit parts ways with the No. 2 tight end and soon-to-be free agent, Darren Fells.
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