Jace Billingsley: Detroit Lions sign WR, waive Jared Abbrederis

By Alex Butler  |  Nov. 14, 2017 at 4:45 PM
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Nov. 14 (UPI) -- Wide receiver Jace Billingsley is once again a member of the Detroit Lions.

Detroit announced the signing on Tuesday. The Lions also signed defensive end George Johnson and waived wide receiver Jared Abbrederis and defensive end Jacquies Smith in corresponding transactions.

Billingsley, 24, started the season on the Lions' practice squad and appeared in two games with the franchise this season. He entered the NFL as an undrafted rookie free agent signing with the Lions in 2016 from Eastern Oregon.

Johnson is in his sixth NFL season. He has 58 tackles, six sacks, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries in 42 career NFL appearances. He also has five career starts. He entered the NFL in 2010 as an undrafted rookie free agent signing by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Abbrederis joined the Lions this season after two seasons with the Green Bay Packers. The 6 foot 1, 195 pass catcher was a fifth round pick by the Packers in the 2014 NFL Draft. In 2015, the Wisconsin product hauled in nine passes for 111 yards. This season he had three catches for 44 yards in seven games.

Billingsley was released on Saturday when the Lions added offensive tackles Taylor Decker and Corey Robinson to the active roster.

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