The Detroit Lions have been busy picking up veteran players to fill up the rest of their roster, and they signed a camp body at tackle today in Kevin Haslam, per Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press, who was recently released by the New England Patriots. Haslam, 26, was never expected to make the Patriots roster, and I don’t expect Haslam to make the Lions roster either. I don’t even think he has a better chance at making the Lions roster than he did the Pats, because the Lions look deep on the offensive line.
Haslam is a former Rutgers product (no wonder why the Pats picked him up), and he isn’t really a good one. In two seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars and San Diego Chargers, Haslam has suited up for ten career games and made three emergency starts for the Chargers last season at left tackle. He wasn’t particularly good in those starts either, and Haslam’s biggest potential contribution to the Lions would be versatility. Haslam isn’t just a swing tackle, as he also has the ability to play at guard if absolutely necessary.
The Lions look pretty much set on the offensive line right now, so Haslam just looks like a camp body with a very long shot at cracking the roster.