ALLEN PARK -- The Detroit Lions still have several tough decisions to make in the coming days, but reports on their latest roster cuts continue to trickle out.
The Detroit Free Press reports the Lions will waive interior offensive lineman Alex Mollette. The undrafted Marshall product spent time with the XFL’s Houston Roughnecks and the Seattle Seahawks during their offseason program before landing in Detroit. Mollette started 46 games for the Thundering Herd between guard and center, so there is versatility for any interested team.
The 25-year-old logged 32 offensive snaps between guard and center in Detroit’s preseason finale against the Carolina Panthers. He also logged 23 reps in the exhibition against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Mollette’s departure isn’t surprising, with him landing on the wrong side of the roster in each of MLive’s final 53-man roster projections. This could be good news for fringe interior offensive lineman Kayode Awosika, Brad Cecil, Connor Galvin and even rookie Colby Sorsdal around these parts.
The Lions have one of the better offensive lines in the NFL. And their depth on the interior is hard to match, with center Frank Ragnow and guards Jonah Jackson, Graham Glasgow and Halapoulivaati Vaitai. Glasgow and Vaitai are heading into Week 1 locked into a battle for the starting right guard spot.