Lions sign linebacker Rashod Berry, Ohio State alum

Justin Rogers
The Detroit News

Allen Park — The Detroit Lions added some depth at outside linebacker Wednesday, signing free agent Rashod Berry. 

The 6-foot-4, 255-pounder spent last season with the New England Patriots after going undrafted out of Ohio State. Primarily a practice-squad player, he saw limited action in three games as a rookie, with one tackle. 

New England Patriots defensive end Rashod Berry (43) during a NFL preseason football game against the Washington Football Team, Thursday, Aug. 12, 2021, in Foxborough, Mass.

Recruited to Ohio State as a defensive end, he was converted to tight end where he appeared in 50 games across four seasons, including four starts. Known primarily for his blocking ability, he finished his collegiate career with 17 receptions for 198 yards and a touchdown. 

The Patriots thought it best to move Berry back to defensive end, where he spent the year there as a developmental project prior to being released by the team last week. He played 29 defensive and 13 special teams snaps in the Patriots' preseason opener, recording two tackles. 

In Detroit, he'll join a deep group headed by Trey Flowers and Romeo Okwara, with Julian Okwara, Austin Bryant, Charles Harris and Robert McCray fleshing out the rest of the depth chart. 

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