Lions sign WR Aaron Dobson, work out Joique Bell

Justin Rogers
The Detroit News
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, left, talks to teammate Aaron Dobson against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Allen Park – The Detroit Lions are signing wide receiver Aaron Dobson, according to a source. A former second-round draft pick, Dobson spent his first three seasons with the New England Patriots. In 24 games he caught 53 passes for 698 yards and four touchdowns.

The 6-foot-3, 200-pounder was part of the Patriots’ final roster cuts heading into the regular season.

A corresponding roster move has yet to be announced by the team.

The Lions also brought in a number of linebackers for workouts on Tuesday, according to an ESPN report. As the team considers depth options for its banged up corps, they took a closer look at Joplo Bartu, James-Michael Johnson, Zaviar Gooden, Jamari Lattimore.

Gooden spent a good part of the preseason with the team while James-Michael Johnson was briefly on Detroit’s  roster at the end of the 2015 campaign.

Also working out for the Lions was running back Joique Bell, who spent five years with the organization prior to being released in February. The team is exploring insurance options following a foot injury to starter Ameer Abdullah.

In 60 games with the Lions, Bell gained 3,875 from scrimmage and scored 23 touchdowns. A contract offer was not immediately extended to Bell.