RB - FA
George Winn, who played a minor role in Detroit's backfield in 2014 and spent time on the practice squad and as a backup in 2015, has been released by the Lions.
This is a relatively unsurprising move by Lions' general manager Bob Quinn. Local undrafted product Winn hasn't produced much in his time in the league and offered only minor special-teams value. The ascendance of seventh-round draft pick Dwayne Washington this preseason likely played a role in Winn's release.
George Winn carried the ball twice Saturday night for six total rushing yards.
Winn is a useful piece of Detroit's special teams unit and has shown himself to be an able, though unspectacular, rusher. He has a chance to make the active roster but no fantasy value to speak of.
George Winn received four carries against the Pittsburgh Steelers and rushed for 5 yards but caught two of his three targets for 25 yards receiving.
Winn spent most of last season on Detroit's practice squad and it's looking like the practice squad is a best case scenario outcome for the young running back as Zach Zenner continues to look solid and Ameer Abdullah and Theo Riddick are locks to make the roster. Winn is competing with seventh-round 2016 draft pick Dwayne Washington at the bottom of Detroit's backfield and will need to use the next few weeks to secure a spot in the organization.
Lions running back George Winn was waived Saturday. He entered camp as the favorite for the #4 RB on the team, but Zach Zenner's breakout performance in the pre-season stole the spotlight.
Winn was on Detroit's practice squad last season and joined the team after injuries to Joique Bell and Reggie Bush. The Detroit native cleared waivers today so he will be eligible to join the practice squad once again.
George Winn started at running back against the Bills but was held to just 1.9 yards per carry on 14 rushes. He also added two receptions for four yards.
This was a disappointing outing for Winn as he needed a strong performance to make a case for the team's #4 RB spot. Winn played well last season after injuries decimated the Lions backfield and entered training camp with a strong chance to make the cut. However, Zach Zenner has pushed Winn on the bubble and at this point it seems unlikely the Lions will hold onto Winn.