The Lions waived Marquez on Tuesday, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports. Marquez suited up for Monday's season opener against the Jets and played 15 total snaps, including seven on offense. He didn't record a catch. The Lions brought in reserve lineman Jamil Demby to fill Marquez' void on the roster.
Marquez has secured a spot on the Lions' 53-man roster, Kyle Meinke of MLive Media Group reports. Marquez finished the preseason as Pro Football Focus' top-graded player on special teams and is likely sticking around in Detroit for very similar reasons.
Marquez (leg) played nine special-teams snaps during Friday's preseason game against the Giants. Marquez was dealing with a leg injury in training camp, but his participation in Friday's exhibition suggests the receiver has put the issue behind him. Marquez currently seems like a longshot to make the Lions' final roster given the crowded nature of the team's receiving corps, though he still has two more preseason games to make a name for himself on special teams.
Marquez injured his leg during practice Monday and was unavailable for practice Wednesday, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports. Marquez appeared in just one game for the Lions in 2017 after appearing in 30 games between his first two seasons with the Rams. His positioning on the team doesn't appear all that stable entering 2018, so missing time due to injury won't do him any favors. No further information on his status has been released, so it's best to consider him day-to-day unless something surfaces to refute that.
Marquez didn't record an offensive snap in 2017. Marquez spent the majority of the year on the Rams' injured reserve list with an unspecified knee injury and didn't sign with Detroit until late November, only seeing game action on special teams during the season finale. The Texas Tech product remains under contract with the Lions in 2018 but will need to carve out some sort of role in the offseason to secure a spot on the final 53-man roster.
|* indicates player did not play that week|
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|2||09/15||Los Angeles Chargers||7||18.44|
|4||09/29||Kansas City Chiefs||21||22.67|
|6||10/15||@Green Bay Packers||26||24.75|
|8||10/27||New York Giants||10||20.75|
|15||12/15||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||28||25.00|
|17||12/29||Green Bay Packers||26||24.75|
|3 Year Avg||2||1||12||0||1||12.00||1|