Lions shed two 2007 picks to finalize roster

Although there weren't many surprises among the Detroit Lions final cuts on Saturday, a handful of the moves don't necessarily reflect well on the team's scouting department. Detroit's final cuts inside.

Although they weren't many surprises among the Detroit Lions final cuts on Saturday, a handful of the moves do not necessarily reflect well on the team's scouting department.

Among the 21 players dumped by the team include this year's fourth-round pick A.J. Davis, a cornerback from N.C. State, and seventh-rounder (Mr. Irrelevant), Ramzee Robinson.

Last year's sixth-round choice, Dee McCann, was also shed by the team.

A handful of receivers also saw the chopping block, including former Michigan standout Ron Bellamy, free-agent acquisition Kevin Kasper and relatively unheralded Cliff Russell.

That means two players considered long-shots -- receivers Brandon Middleton and Troy Walters -- earned a spot on the team's 53-man roster.

Walters will likely serve as the team's punt and kick returner, but may share that duty with running back Brian Calhoun.

Calhoun edged veteran Aveion Cason, who was released, along with fellow running back and Eastern Michigan product Anthony Sherrell.

If there was ever a surprise cut, it was veteran linebacker Donte Curry. Curry started at linebacker for Detroit several occasions the past two seasons, and has been known as the club's special team's ace. But his chances of making the club dwindled when fifth-round pick Johnny Baldwin stood out considerably in both training camp and the preseason.

Others axed were defensive ends Claude Harriott and Justin Kurpeikis, cornerback LaMarcus Hicks, quarterback Phil Harvath, punter Micah Knorr, linebacker Joe Lobendahn, defensive tackle Cleveland Pinkney, tight ends Darnell Sanders and Rudy Sylvan, and center/guard Ben Noll.

Offensive linemen Clint Stickdorn (tackle) and Barry Stokes (guard) were also released.

The team placed second-year man Frank Davis, a promising undrafted player from a year ago, onto the injured reserve list, but removed running back Kevin Jones from the Physically-Unable-To-Perform department, enabling him to join the team practices.

It hasn't yet been determined whether or not Jones will start the regular season opener, although it is unlikely.

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