Lions add Wesley Johnson for offensive line depth

Justin Rogers
The Detroit News
Wesley Johnson

Allen Park – The Detroit Lions added some more depth to the offensive line Thursday morning, signing free agent Wesley Johnson.

A fifth-round selection out of Vanderbilt in 2014, Johnson spent the past four seasons with the New York Jets. He served as an injury replacement for longtime starting center Nick Mangold the second half of the 2016 season and maintained the job last season, following Mangold’s release.

It is expected, Graham Glasgow will serve as the Lions’ starting center next season, but Johnson provides flexibility, in case the team doesn’t find a suitable replacement for Glasgow at left guard, or there is an offseason injury.

The guard opening is expected to be decided in a competition between Joe Dahl, free-agent addition Kenny Wiggins and a potential draft pick. It’s possible Johnson could also be in the mix for the job, as the 6-foot-5, 297-pounder has some experience in the role.

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