July 17, 2014 at 7:33 pm

Lions sign former Falcons guard Garrett Reynolds

Garrett Reynolds played in 15 games for the Falcons last season, starting 10. (Getty Images / Al Messerschmidt)

The Lions added a veteran offensive lineman less than two weeks before the start of training camp, signing former Atlanta Falcons guard Garrett Reynolds.

A fifth-round pick by the Falcons in 2009, Reynolds started 23 games at right guard over the last three seasons, including 10 in 2013.

Atlanta released Reynolds in February to save nearly $1 million in salary cap space. Reynolds also visited the Tennessee Titans and Dallas Cowboys in free agency.

The Lions waived offensive tackle J.B. Shugarts, whom they signed in April, to open a roster spot for Reynolds.

Reynolds’ representation, Allegiant Athletic Agency, announced the deal with the Lions on Twitter.

The Lions will see if Reynolds can provide veteran depth on the interior this season, something the roster currently lacks. Behind starters Rob Sims and Larry Warford, the likely backup guards are third-round pick Travis Swanson, who played 50 games at center at Arkansas, and Rodney Austin, who spent most of the past two seasons on the practice squad.

At 6-foot-7, 310 pounds, Reynolds also has the size to play tackle, which he did at North Carolina, but he'll likely be in a direct competition with Austin during training camp for a roster spot.

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