Anthony Boone

Minor Moves: Friday

Here are Friday’s minor transactions from around the NFL:

  • The Lions claimed quarterback Garrett Gilbert from the Patriots earlier today, reports Howard Balzer of (via Twitter). The team released quarterback Anthony Boone, according to Tim Twentyman of (via Twitter).
  • The Seahawks have signed wide receiver Kasen Williams, according to John Boyle of (via Twitter). The team waived linebacker Mister Alexander to make room for Williams, who announced the signing on his Instagram account.
  • Wide receiver Zach D’Orazio was waived by the Patriots, and passed through waivers unclaimed, according to Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun (via Twitter).
  • While the Buccaneers might have landed recently released tight end Tim Wright, Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports is interested to see the full list of teams who put in waiver claims for him (via Twitter). He adds that the Jets were one team that did.
  • In order for the Buccaneers to make room for Wright on the roster, the team has waived tight end Taylor Sloat, according to Jenna Laine of (via Twitter).
  • The Jets have signed former USC Trojan and Saints offensive tackle Charles Brown after they wrapped up their full-squad minicamp, reports Randy Lange of The team cut offensive tackle Sean Hooey to make room for the former second-round pick.
  • Hooey wouldn’t be unemployed for very long, as the 49ers claimed him off waivers from the Jets, according to Wilson (via Twitter).

NFC Notes: Lions, Giants, Panthers

Lions safety James Ihedigbo is seeking a new contract, and the 31-year-old will not be attending his team’s voluntary workouts as he presumably negotiates a new deal.

While Ihedigbo isn’t breaking any rules by not attending, that doesn’t mean he isn’t drawing the ire of his coach. On Friday, Jim Caldwell talked to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press about his desire to have a full team at workouts.

“What I try to do is to make certain that they understand that, in our business, it’s unique. They have things that they have to look at from their vantage point, what they think is best. My business is to make certain we’ve got the best team we possibly can. So my interest is getting him here, and getting him here pronto, right?

“I’d like to have every guy here. But the fact of the matter is it doesn’t always happen that way. Guys got to look at things. He’s been around long enough and make his own determination and make his own decisions in that regard. But he’s not mandated to be here at this point in time, so we’ll see when he is mandated, what happens.”

Let’s take a look at some more notes out of the NFC…

  • Birkett wonders if undrafted rookie quarterback Anthony Boone could make the Lions roster. While the Duke product would have to leapfrog veterans Dan Orlovsky and Kellen Moore for the backup gig, one of his former coaches is confident he’ll make the leap. “Anthony’s real smart,” David Cutcliffe said. “He’s going to pick the system up quickly. And I told Anthony: Odds are, you’re probably a backup quarterback, which means you’ve got to be able to know the system and perform well without a lot of snaps, period. That’s the National Football League. And I think he’s capable of being that. I really, really do.”
  • After missing most of last season with an injured knee, Giants defensive back Bennett Jackson is looking forward to competing for a roster spot. It appears that his coaching staff appreciates the player’s versatility, as Newsday’s Tom Rock writes that the cornerback has been asked to play safety in 2015. “I didn’t ask any questions,” Jackson said. “I was all for it.”
  • Panthers second round pick Devin Funchess tweaked a hamstring and was carted off the field yesterday, reports’s David Newton (via Twitter). The severity of the injury is not yet known.

Lions Sign 12 Undrafted FAs

The Lions have officially signed 12 undrafted free agents, formally announcing the latest additions to their roster today. As Tim Twentyman of points out in his round-up, players like Joseph Fauria, LaAdrian Waddle, and Cornelius Lucas have joined the club as UDFAs in recent years and stuck around, so there may be a couple diamonds in the rough in 2015’s class.

Here’s the full list, with bonus info – via Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press – noted in parentheses:

  • Al Bond, G, Memphis ($6K bonus)
  • Anthony Boone, QB, Duke ($3K bonus)
  • Kyle Brindza, K, Notre Dame ($7.5K bonus)
  • Isaiah Johnson, S, Georgia Tech ($12K bonus)
  • Vernon Johnson, WR, Texas A&M Commerce ($10K bonus)
  • Desmond Lawrence, WR, North Carolina A&T
  • Casey Pierce, TE, Kent State ($7K bonus)
  • Kevin Snyder, LB, Rutgers ($1K bonus)
  • Brian Suite, S, Utah State ($2.5K bonus)
  • Rasheed Williams, RB, Alfred State ($2.5K bonus)
  • Torrian Wilson, OL, UCF ($11K bonus)
  • Zach Zenner, RB, South Dakota State ($5K bonus)