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NFL Breaking News: Detroit Lions sign former Patriots safety Tavon Wilson

The Lions have more spots to fill than just at receiver; the defense is being attended to as well.  The safety position, and indeed the spe


The Lions have more spots to fill than just at receiver; the defense is being attended to as well.  The safety position, and indeed the special teams units, has received a boost with the addition of former New England Patriots second round selection Tavon Wilson.  It was already known before free agency opened that the player would not be returning to the team and moving on to continue his football career. The former 48th overall pick out of Illinois was a bit of a let-down in terms of where he was selected in the draft and the contributions he made over his four seasons in New England.  Though he played in 54 games over that time, he only started in four contests, all in his rookie year in 2012.  The other 50 were non-starting appearances that mainly saw him play as a special teamer and a backup strong safety.  He has totalled 79 tackles in his career so far, but again over half of those (41) came that first season in the league.  The early promise he showed also included four interceptions that year. The details of the contract that he now has with the Detroit Lions are not yet available.  Those numbers will probably give an indication of whether his new employers intend him to carry on in a minor role, or whether they have bigger plans for Wilson – perhaps seeing some untapped potential that initially resulted in going so early in his draft class. The 6ft, 215 lb safety does have some additional versatility to perhaps fill in at corner too if required. Meanwhile, the Patriots have plenty remaining at the position, with Devin McCourty, Patrick Chung, Duron Harmon and Jordan Richards all signed up for next season, and also having future contract deals in place with former Chicago Bear Brock Vereen and Cedric Thompson.


Rebecca Rennie

Hello all, I'm Rebecca, also going by Bex, and I am the RealSport College Football Editor, as well as writer and NFL Draft analyst.  I also edit other sports including the CFL, cycling and golf, while occasionally contributing to the NFL section as well.  I'm a fan of most sports and enjoy discussing with fellow fans, so do please comment on articles and interact.  A big fan of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and of the Central Florida Knights in college.

NFL Breaking News: Detroit Lions sign former Patriots safety Tavon Wilson

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