Lions claim Romeo Okwara, cut Anthony Zettel

Justin Rogers
The Detroit News
Romeo Okwara

Allen Park – The Detroit Lions made a swap at defensive end on Wednesday, claiming Romeo Okwara off waivers and releasing Anthony Zettel.

Okwara, undrafted out of Notre Dame in 2016, spent his first two seasons with the New York Giants. The 6-foot-4, 274-pounder appeared in 16 games as a rookie, including four starts, recording 25 tackles and a sack.

He was limited to six games last season after suffering a knee injury but is coming off a preseason where he racked up up eight quarterback pressures, an area where the Lions have struggled.

The Giants released Okwara on Tuesday after signing defensive tackle John Jenkins.

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Waiving Zettel is something of a surprise, but there were signs, namely the fact he played deep into the second half of the preseason finale while the majority of the team’s contributors were held out of action.

Entering his third year, Zettel is coming off a season where he led the team’s defensive line with 753 snaps and recorded 6.5 sacks. He was a sixth-round pick out of Penn State in 2016.