Lions sign Jace Billingsley and George Johnson

Aug 25, 2017; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions wide receiver Jace Billingsley (16) runs after a catch during the fourth quarter against the New England Patriots at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports
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The Detroit Lions have signed free agent wide receiver Jace Billingsley and free agent defensive end George Johnson, the team has announced. To make room on the franchise’s active roster, the Lions waived wide receiver Jared Abbrederis and defensive end Jacquies Smith.

Billingsley gets signed to the roster after he was waived a few days ago. The 24-year-old wide receiver is a product of Eastern Oregon who signed with the club as an undrafted in May 2016. He was signed to the practice squad and promoted to the active roster late in the season but was a healthy scratch. Billingsley was signed to the practice squad once again this season. He was promoted to the active roster in late October, recording a pair of tackles on special teams before being waived.

The wide receiving corps is currently led by Golden Tate and Marvin Jones, who have a combined 90 catches for more than 1,100 yards and eight total receiving touchdowns.

Johnson was released by the Lions on October 18. The Rutgers product went undrafted in 2010 and latched onto the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He has 61 total tackles and six sacks over his career.

The Lions defense took a while to wake up on Sunday, allowing the winless Cleveland Browns to storm out to a 10-0 lead early in the first quarter. Detroit responded however, scoring 21 points in the second half to win by a final score of 38-24. That made it two in a row for the Lions, who were fortunate enough to break a three-game skid. Having already played both the Minnesota Vikings and Green Bay Packers once already this season, Detroit will play the first half of its NFC North slate on Sunday when the Lions travel to take on the Chicago Bears.

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