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.
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, 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.
The Lions promoted Valles from their practice squad Tuesday.
Valles assumes the roster spot of guard Don Barclay (concussion), who was placed on injured reserve. The 25-year-old will slot in fourth on the depth chart at tight end in Detroit, making it unlikely that he suits up in the season finale Sunday against Green Bay.
|4||9/30/18||@ DAL||1:00 pm|
|Bye: Week 6|
|7||10/21/18||@ MIA||1:00 pm|
|9||11/4/18||@ MIN||1:00 pm|
|10||11/11/18||@ CHI||1:00 pm|
|14||12/9/18||@ ARI||4:25 pm|
|15||12/16/18||@ BUF||1:00 pm|
|17||12/30/18||@ GB||1:00 pm|