Jace Billingsley has had quite the week.
First he recorded the first two tackles of his career in a win at Lambeau Field. Then he was named the Detroit Lions’ special teams player of the week for it. And then he was cut.
But on Tuesday, the Detroit Lions (5-4) brought back their reserve slot receiver as preparations began for a Week 11 game in Chicago against the Bears. Defensive end George Johnson was also re-signed.
Receiver Jared Abbrederis and defensive end Jaquies Smith were cut in the corresponding moves.
Billingsley has yet to record a catch in three stints spanning two seasons with Detroit. At 5-foot-9, he plays strictly in the slot, where top wideout Golden Tate has gotten much of his work this year. So there just hasn’t been much use for him offensively. He’s played just two snaps there.
But Billingsley has shown improvement on special teams, where he’s made an impact on coverage teams and offers depth at return man.