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.
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.
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 Billibgsley 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.
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 earning 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.
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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