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  • Jace Billingsley: Released from practice squad

    The Patriots released Billingsley from their practice squad Wednesday.

    Billingsley spent the preseason with the Lions, but was unable to secure a spot on the 53-man roster. The second-year wideout spent the last year on New England's practice squad before ultimately being released. Billingsley appeared in two games with the Lions' last year and did not accrue any statistics.

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  • Jace Billingsley: Signs to Pats' practice squad

    Billingsley has signed to the Patriots' practice squad, NESN reports.

    The second-year wideout was unable to secure a 53-man roster spot with the Lions after appearing in two games with the team last season, but he's found a home with the Patriots on the practice squad.

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  • Jace Billingsley: Let go by Lions

    Billingsley has been waived by the Lions.

    Billingsley turned heads in practice each of the last two offseasons with the Lions but was ultimately outshone by fellow receiver Brandon Powell this summer. Billingsley is again a candidate to spend time on the practice squad.

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  • Lions' Jace Billingsley: Snags three passes in preseason finale

    Billingsley caught all three of his targets for 21 yards during Thursday's preseason finale against the Browns.

    Billingsley didn't do much, but he at least showed to be healthy after missing last week's preseason game with an undisclosed injury. Firmly on the roster bubble in Detroit, only time will tell if the Lions keep Billingsley around for Week 1.

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  • Lions' Jace Billingsley: Dealing with undisclosed injury, misses practice

    Billingsley did not practice on Monday due to an undisclosed injury, Kyle Meinke of MLive.com reports.

    The scope of Billingsley's injury has yet to be revealed. Coming into camp, it was widely thought that Billingsley would need to prove his ability on special teams to make the roster. While there's a fair share of uncertainty regarding his status moving forward, any missed time doesn't bode well for the 25-year-old trying to make a name for himself.

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  • Lions' Jace Billingsley: Receives first-team snaps in spring workouts

    Billingsley received snaps with the first-team offense during spring workouts, Kyle Meinke of MLive.com reports.

    Billingsley has been on and off the Lions roster the past two years, only seeing action in two regular-season games. However, with Golden Tate (rest) and TJ Jones (shoulder) getting time off, the Eastern Oregon product had a chance to shine with the first-team offense this offseason, and he didn't disappoint. While the 5-foot-9 receiver has been limited to the slot -- and his lack of versatility suggests he still faces an uphill battle to earn a roster spot -- Billingsley likely will be in the mix for the No. 5 receiver job. Should he beat the odds, Billingsley is someone to keep on the watch list in the event that Tate is forced to miss any games.

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  • Lions' Jace Billingsley: Logs two offensive snaps in 2017

    Billingsley logged two offensive snaps in two games for the Lions in 2017.

    Billingsley essentially spent the season flipping back and forth between the Lions' practice squad and active roster. The fact the Lions chose to give other unheralded receivers playing time instead of him after TJ Jones (shoulder) was placed on injured reserve in December suggests Detroit doesn't view Billingsley as a long-term piece of their plans. However, the Eastern Oregon product will be a free agent at the end of the league year and could potentially carve out a more significant role elsewhere.

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  • Lions' Jace Billingsley: Promoted to active roster

    Billingsley was signed to the Lions' active roster Friday, Kyle Meinke of MLive.com reports.

    Billingsley will fill the vacant roster spot that Travis Swanson (concussion) left behind when he was placed on injured reserve. The undrafted rookie slotted into two games this season, but he played just nine total snaps and didn't record any stats. With the Lions fully healthy at wideout, Billingsley will struggle to get targets Sunday against a battered Packers secondary.

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  • Jace Billingsley: Joins Detroit's practice squad

    Billingsley signed with the Lions' practice squad Monday.

    The Lions cut Billingsley prior to the team's Thanksgiving Day win over the Vikings in order to open up a spot on the 53-man roster. He'll remain in the organization after going unclaimed off waivers, and he could be the next man up for a promotion the next time the Lions suffer an injury at wide receiver.

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  • Jace Billingsley: Waived by Lions

    The Lions waived Billingsley on Wednesday, Tim Twentyman of the team's official site reports.

    Billingsley has been on the periphery of the Lions' roster the last few weeks and will likely head back to Detroit's practice squad if he clears waivers.

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  • Lions' Jace Billingsley: Returning to Motown

    Billingsley was re-signed by the Lions on Tuesday.

    Billingsley returns to the Lions after being waived ahead of Sunday's showdown with the Browns in order to make room for offensive lineman Taylor Decker and Corey Robinson on the roster. In order to make room for Billingsley, the Lions waived fellow wideout Jared Abbrederis, which could lead to some increased offensive snaps for the speedster out of Eastern Oregon. Billingsley will now be the fifth option on the depth chart.

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  • Jace Billingsley: Waived by Detroit

    Billingsley was waived by the Lions on Saturday, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports.

    Billingsley became an expendable sixth receiver once the Lions' receiving corps started showing improved health, and the team needed to shore up its offensive line by activating Taylor Decker and Corey Robinson. The 24-year-old will likely return to Detroit's practice squad if he clears waivers.

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  • Lions' Jace Billingsley: Lands on 53-man roster

    The Lions signed Billingsley to a contract Wednesday, Mike Rothstein of ESPN.com reports.

    The receiving corps in Detroit is particularly banged up at the moment, so Billingsley's addition from the practice squad should at least give the team more numbers at the position. Golden Tate will likely miss the next game or two due to a sprained AC joint, and it's unclear if Kenny Golladay (hamstring) is trending toward a return, despite practicing Monday. Billingsley has yet to log an NFL snap but could act as the No. 4 wideout Sunday against the Steelers if the aforementioned duo is unable to take the field.

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  • Jace Billingsley: Stashed on practice squad

    Billingsley was signed to the Lions' practice squad, Tim Twentyman of the team's official site reports.

    Fan favorite Billingsley didn't survive last weekend's roster cuts, as Jared Abbrederis won the battle for the No. 5 receiver gig. Should injuries hit the Lions' wideouts this season -- specifically slot men Golden Tate and Abbrederis -- look for Billingsley to get the call-up.

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  • Jace Billingsley: Waived by Lions

    Billingsley was waived by the Lions on Saturday, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.

    Billingsley was in competition with Jared Abbrederis for the potential No. 5 receiving job in Detroit. However, his poor performance in the preseason finale likely didn't give the team enough reason to warrant using a roster spot on him. If he clears waivers, the Lions could stash him on their practice squad.

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  • Lions' Jace Billingsley: Fails to impress in preseason finale

    Billingsley caught both of his targets and gained two yards in Thursday's preseason game against the Bills.

    In addition to the lackluster production as a receiver, Billingsley was a mess on special teams, muffing a punt as well as a kickoff, though he recovered both. The diminutive receiver entered the preseason finale in a direct competition with Jared Abbrederis for the No. 5 receiver job in Detroit, as Golden Tate, Marvin Jones, Kenny Golladay and TJ Jones all seem in safe standing for roster spots. Though Billingsley clearly failed to impress, neither did Abbrederis, who caught only one pass but fumbled after gaining 16 yards. Since either Abbrederis or Billingsley would only make the team for their capabilities on special teams, there's a chance the Lions could bid adieu to both players and see if they can fill the kick-returning gigs with their internal options.

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  • Lions' Jace Billingsley: Posts 45 yards against Patriots

    Billingsley caught three of five targets for 45 yards and rushed one time for six yards during the Lions' preseason game against the Patriots.

    Billingsley appeared effective as a punt returner in addition to his contributions on offense. In fact, Billingsley was the most impressive Lions wideout not named Golden Tate or Marvin Jones, though TJ Jones was sidelined with a hamstring injury. While he certainly reinforced his case for a roster spot Friday, so did Jared Abbrederis, who caught three of three targets for 26 yards and a touchdown.

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  • Lions' Jace Billingsley: Reels in three passes Saturday

    Billingsley caught three of four targets for 29 yards during Saturday's preseason game against the Jets.

    Billingsley remains in a heated competition for the No. 4 receiver job in Detroit that was made even more interesting by Saturday's injury to T.J. Jones, who appeared to be running away with the gig entering the exhibition. With Jared Abbrederis also in the mix, this position battle could come down to the last second. However, since roster cuts aren't required until Sept. 2, Billingsley still has plenty of time to prove his worth.

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  • Lions' Jace Billingsley: Bolstering bid for roster spot

    Billingsley was impressive in the Lions' first joint practice with the Colts on Thursday, Justin Rogers of The Detroit News reports.

    Billingsley reportedly hauled in "more than a half dozen" passes Thursday, including a deep ball from QB Jake Rudock -- which is a rare occurrence for the 5-foot-9 slot receiver. Although he'll need to continue his stellar play throughout the summer in order to secure a roster spot come September, Billingsley seems to be at the forefront of the competition and should be primed for another productive round of preseason games. Last time around, Billingsley led the Lions with 12 receptions for 146 yards and two scores.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 5-9, 189 lbs
Birthplace: Winnemucca, NV, USA
Age: 31
School: Eastern Oregon
Experience: 1