The Detroit Lions sign LB Rocky McIntosh

Posted Aug 17, 2013

McIntosh marks the third defensive player the Lions have signed in two days

The Lions added veteran help on defense Saturday in the form of veteran linebacker Rocky McIntosh.

The signing comes on the heels of a bad preseason loss in Cleveland, in which the Lions did not tackle well.

"Last week, when it's the first game, you sort of expect that a little bit," head coach Jim Schwartz said of the tackling issue after the 24-6 loss to the Browns Thursday. "But the point we made was we wanted to see improvement from last game (vs. the Jets) to this game and we didn't see that.

"Most of the tackling came from poor leverage. It really wasn't the actual tackle as much as it was the line of attack that they had and the leverage and the angle they took. Something we definitely need to do better at."

McIntosh worked out for the Lions before training camp began in July, but did not sign at the time.

The outside linebacker played his first six seasons with the Redskins before joining the Rams in 2012. Last year, he appeared in all 16 games with nine starts.

Over his career, he's amassed 515 tackles, nine sacks, eight forced fumbles and four interceptions and has started a total of 78 games.

The Lions are still on the lookout for a starting third linebacker to play alongside Stephen Tulloch and DeAndre Levy.

Veteran Ashlee Palmer and second-year players Tahir Whitehead and Travis Lewis having been vying for the spot all camp.

It appears the Lions have decided to throw another name into the hat.

The team has released LB Adrian Moten to make room for McIntosh on the 90-man roster.

The Lions also signed a pair of defensive tackles on Friday.