On waivers, the Lions sign a young former Rams and Chargers pass rusher.

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The Detroit Lions are always looking for defensive line help, and with a higher waiver priority, they were able to get a decent addition on Friday. On Friday, October 1, it was revealed that the team had received defensive end Eric Banks off waivers from the Los Angeles Chargers. Banks had only been released from the Chargers’ 53-man roster the day before, so the Lions wasted no time in bringing him in.

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Here’s how the team announced Banks’ arrival on Twitter:

Banks doesn’t have a lot of NFL experience, but at 23, he still has time on his side in terms of being part of the future solution in Detroit. The Lions have looked at a lot of younger players so far this season, and Banks fits that mold.

Banks began his NFL career with the Los Angeles Rams a few years ago, and Lions general manager Brad Holmes is likely familiar with him. To that end, if Banks is given the opportunity and takes advantage of it, he may be coming to the right place to showcase his talent for the future in Detroit.


Banks’ Stats and Career Highlights

Banks played for UTSA in college and was a very productive player during his time there. He had 80 total tackles in college, 20 of which were solo. 6 tackles for a loss, 5 tackles for a loss. During his time with the Roadrunners, he had 5 sacks, 3 pass deflections, and 4 forced fumbles. Banks went undrafted in 2020 and spent last season with the Rams, where he made the roster before being cut and sent to the practice squad, where he remained until August 31, 2021. He was claimed by the Chargers on September 1, 2021, but he was released by the end of the month.

In his NFL career, Banks has appeared in three games and has one tackle to his credit. While his production isn’t spectacular, he has upside as a rusher and is an incredibly well-spoken player, as evidenced by this interview:

Banks will now try to stay in Detroit for the long haul and make his presence felt. If there was one position on the Detroit roster that needed to be upgraded this offseason, it was the defensive line.


Lions Have Deep Defensive Line for 2021

The Lions lacked depth in the middle, but the addition of rookies Levi Onwuzurike and Alim McNeill in the draft has significantly improved that situation. The more depth the Lions can get in the middle of the line, the better off they will be in terms of outside presence and depth.

If Onwuzurike can develop into a star, it will be a huge step forward for the Lions’ defensive line depth up front. Already, the depth has been improved, which is encouraging ahead of a season in which the Lions must improve their defensive front seven in order to complete a complete turnaround. This year, Detroit’s defense has seen the rise of players like Charles Harris, Michael Brockers, and Nick Williams.

The Lions’ hope is that they have enough defensive line depth to get by this season, and that appears to be the case so far. Even though the Lions have some bodies, they can always use more as the season progresses, and Banks is expected to bring that to the team. He’ll get his chance to shine and possibly stay with the Lions.


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