Lions Waive TE Hakeem Valles, Promote CB Cre’Von LeBlanc

The Detroit Lions announced Saturday that they’ve waived TE Hakeem Valles and promoted CB Cre’Von LeBlanc to their active roster.

Valles, 25, wound up signing on with the Cardinals as an undrafted free agent out of back in May of Monmouth last year. He was, unfortunately, waived coming out of the preseason and later signed to the Cardinals’ practice squad before eventually being promoted to their active roster in October.

Arizona elected to cut Valles loose as they trimmed their roster down to 53 players and he later signed on to the Lions’ practice squad.

In 2018, Valles has appeared in three games for the Lions and caught two passes for 11 yards receiving.

LeBlanc, 24, originally signed on with the Patriots as an undrafted free agent out of Florida Atlantic back in 2016. He was among New England’s final roster cuts and was quickly claimed off waivers by the Bears.

After making Chicago’s active roster for the past two seasons, the Bears elected to cut LeBlanc as they trimmed down to the 53-man limit. The Lions signed him to their practice squad a couple of days later.

In 2017, LeBlanc appeared in 15 games for the Bears and recorded 17 total tackles, one sack, one forced fumble, and three pass defenses.

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