Jeff Risdon, DLD Editor
The first thing I do most every morning is fire up the iPad and check Twitter for the latest news. This morning the top post I saw was from agent David Canter:
— David Canter (@davidcanter) August 13, 2013
Lions fans might recall Black from before. He’s a corner from Utah that signed with the team earlier this offseason before being waived just after the draft. No offense to Mr. Canter, who is an excellent and informative Twitter follow, or to Black, who has a NFL body and speed to burn, but this signing says more about some other current Lions than it does anything positive about Conroy Black.
Black is on the Lions because Chris Greenwood can’t play. Even though the corollary roster move was waiving Brandon King, this signing is about Chris Greenwood. Because Greenwood still isn’t practicing and the Lions are short corners to take reps, Black gets an opportunity to show what he can do. Greenwood desperately needs to show what he can do on an actual football field, but injuries continue to prevent that. He is unlikely to play in the next preseason game, and there’s a fair chance he will never suit up again in a Lions uniform.
Like Black, Greenwood is an athletic project at corner. Greenwood has outstanding size and blazing speed but scant experience facing viable NFL receivers. His technique was quite raw when last we saw the Albion product on the field, which was over a year ago. Even though the Lions invested a 5th round pick in him in 2012, Greenwood is in very real peril of not surviving the next cutdown. That takes place on August 27th, exactly two weeks from today. Greenwood has hit the point where he has to prove he deserves a roster spot on more than idle scouting potential. If he’s not activated by the end of this week, there’s almost no way he sneaks into more than a handful of plays at the end of the 3rd preseason game, the one preseason contest that the teams actually care about.
Greenwood already faced stiff competition for his role as the final active corner. When he’s not practicing, he’s not just missing opportunities with the defense. Depth players must contribute on special teams, but Greenwood has no experience there either. Time is running out quickly for Chris Greenwood. The Lions are not going to hold onto a precious roster spot for one developmental project when they can easily sign another one that can actually play. Chris Greenwood’s loss is Conroy Black’s gain.