NOTEBOOK: Lions sign WR Ogletree, Suh and Rodgers media battle and Quin on Lambeau

Posted Oct 2, 2013

Dealing with injuries at the receiver position, the Lions add veteran receiver Kevin Ogletree to roster

Kevin OgletreeOgletree. (Photo: AP Images)

The Detroit Lions added depth to their receiving corps on Wednesday in the form of veteran Kevin Ogletree.

Ogletree was released by Tampa Bay on Tuesday, just four games into his tenure with the club. He has eight catches for 70 yards and a touchdown on the season.

Prior to signing with Tampa Bay, Ogletree (6-1, 198) played four seasons with the Dallas Cowboys. He had his most productive season in 2012, catching 32 passes for 436 yards and four touchdowns.

He can play both in the slot and on the outside, if needed.

The Lions' receiving corps has been battling injuries with Nate Burleson (broken forearm) and Patrick Edwards (ankle) in recent weeks.

Edwards is close to returning, as he was a full participant in practice Wednesday, but Burleson is expected to be out until close to November, which means the Lions could use the depth.

Ogletree also has some limited experience returning kickoffs.

The team released defensive tackle D'Anthony Smith to make room for Ogletree on the 53-man roster.


Ndmaukong Suh doesn't like quarterbacks, but what defensive player in the NFL really does?

"I don't think I'll ever be able to have a friend as a quarterback," Suh said with a smile Wednesday when asked about crossing paths with Aaron Rodgers this offseason. "Especially one I see twice a year.

"Off the field (Rodgers) is good people, I definitely enjoy being around him."

Suh and Rodgers crossed paths at a Nike camp this offseason. Suh has said in the past that he enjoys playing against his friends around the league, including Falcons running back Steven Jackson.

"I think (Suh) needs to expand his mind a little bit, kind of branch out," Rodgers said in jest during a conference call Wednesday. "Does that mean that he's not buddies with Matt (Stafford)? Or Shaun (Hill)? Or Kellen (Moore)? I'm being sarcastic.

"I snuck up on him and got to talk to him for a little bit (this offseason). Probably the only time I ever get to sneak up on him. (He's) usually doing that to me, not really sneaking though.

"We played against each other twice a year. There's been some definite battles between their d-line and the way they get after the passer. He's a competitive guy, I'm a competitive guy and I look forward to competing for years to come."


Lions safety Glover Quin never got the chance to play at Lambeau Field in his previous four seasons while with the Houston Texans.

A long-time football fan and self-proclaimed student of the game, Quin is looking forward to this particular road trip.

"I'm actually excited to go to Lambeau Field," he said. "It's a historic field. I actually wish we were playing them Week 17, so it could be snowing. I actually want the experience, to be honest with you.

"I'm a football player, but I'm a fan of this game. I've been watching this game for a long time and there are some stadiums you want to play in. I want to play in Lambeau Field. I want to go play in Pittsburgh. I want to play in those historic stadiums. I'm excited."