One former Central Michigan football player got some bad news Sunday, while another appears poised to make an NFL roster.
Former CMU receiver Cody Wilson was cut by the Detroit Lions on Sunday, as Detroit begins the process of cutting its roster to 75 by the 4 p.m. Tuesday deadline.
Wilson, signed by the Lions in April as an undrafted free agent, was one of four players cut, along with defensive end Ronnell Lewis, a fourth-round pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, cornerback Myron Lewis and safety Chris Hope. Detroit will have to cut its roster again, to 53, before the start of the regular season.
Listed at a generous 5-foot-9, Wilson saw minimal playing time in Detroit’s first three preseason games, often seeing the field in the fourth quarter or during last few offensive drives of the game. He had one catch for six yards, in the Lions’ 24-6 loss at Cleveland on Aug. 15.
He ranks third all-time in receptions (230) at CMU and fifth in receiving yards (2,729).
Addae to make Chargers roster?
Former CMU defensive back Jahleel Addae appears to be turning heads in San Diego, to the point one Chargers beat writer seems confident that he will make the final 53-man roster.
“Can pretty much ink Jahleel Addae’s name on the Chargers’ 53-man roster,” Michael Gehlken, Chargers beat writer for the San Diego Union-Tribune, wrote on Monday. “Undrafted rookie seeing reps at dime safety, kickoff team.”
Addae, listed at 5-foot-10, 195 pounds, was signed as an undrafted free agent in May. He has totaled nine tackles in three preseason games, at safety and special teams.
The Chargers currently have five safeties on their roster, two of whom (Addae and Michael Hill, Missouri Western) are rookies, and another (Sean Cattouse, California) who has just a year of experience.
Addae became a defensive staple at CMU, earning first (2011), second (2012) and third-team (2010) all-MAC honors. He had 89 tackles last season, good for third on the team.
He was also invited to play in the East-West Shrine Game and was named to the Jim Thorpe Award preseason watch list prior to last season.
Cody Wilson, by the numbers:
Lions preseason: 3 games, 1 catch, 6 yards
CMU career: 49 games, 230 receptions, 2,729 yards receiving, 13 TDs
Second-team All-MAC (2010), 2x Third-team All-MAC (2011-12)
Jahleel Addae, by the numbers:
Chargers preseason: 3 games, 9 tackles (five solo)
CMU career: 51 games, 302 tackles (147 solo), 4 interceptions