Detroit Lions Sign TE Charlie Taumoepeau

The Detroit Lions sign two players after tryouts during rookie minicamp this weekend.

The Detroit Lions continue to add depth to their tight ends room, signing Charlie Taumoepeau after his tryout during rookie minicamp. 

In 2020, the 23-year-old tight end spent time with three different organizations, as he was part of the Colts, Cowboys and 49ers.

At 6-foot-3, 245 pounds, Taumoepeau can create some mismatches for the Lions' offense. 

He participated in training camp in 2020 with the Dallas Cowboys, after signing with the team as an undrafted free agent. 

Collegiately, he played in 41 games, with 29 starts, at Portland State. He finished with 117 receptions for 1,876 yards and 11 touchdowns. 

Taumoepeau earned first-team All-Big Sky Conference honors twice, and was a second-team All-Big Sky choice in 2017. 


Ex-Saints tight end Josh Hill planned to join Detroit this offseason, but ultimately decided to retire. Detroit turned to veteran Darren Fells as a replacement to play alongside T.J. Hockenson. 

Safety Alijah Holder signed following tryout

The third-year defensive back was among five players trying out during minicamp this weekend. 

Holder played for the Denver Broncos in 2020, and appeared in eight games. 

He alternated between the active roster and practice squad prior to being released in February. 

His role has been primarily on special teams during the early portion of his career.

Standing in at 6-foot-2 and 188 pounds, Holder played 43 snaps on defense and 177 snaps on special teams in 2020.

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