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Lions cut four players, including DE Ronnell Lewis

Posted Aug 25, 2013

With the free agent signings and the drafting of Ziggy Ansah and Devin Taylor, the writing was on the wall for Lewis as the team looked to get bigger and more athletic at the position

The Lions released four players Sunday as they continue to trim the roster to 75 before Tuesday’s 4 p.m. deadline.

The most notable name on the list is defensive end Ronnell Lewis, who was a fourth-round pick by the team last season.

Lewis was expected to make an immediate contribution on special teams last season and eventually work himself into the defensive rotation, but neither materialized. He played in just eight games with only one defensive snap.

With the free agent signings of defensive ends Jason Jones and Israel Idonije, and the drafting of Ziggy Ansah and Devin Taylor, the writing was on the wall for Lewis (6-2, 253) as the team looked to get bigger and more athletic at the position. Lewis simply found himself out of the mix.

The team also released receiver Cody Wilson, cornerback Myron Lewis and veteran safety Chris Hope.

Hope, who the team signed in June to compete for backup role at safety, had been running with the second-team unit for most of training camp. But the signing of Rashean Mathis last week, and his ability to play both safety and corner, made Hope somewhat expendable.

Ronnell Lewis, Wilson and Myron Lewis will have to pass through the waiver process. Hope, as a vested veteran, immediately becomes a free agent.

The Lions now have five more cuts to make before the deadline.