It didn’t take cornerback Myron Lewis long to feel like he could fit in with the Lions.

“They’ve got some aggressive guys on the defense ball-hawks and they’ve got some hitters” said Lewis who was released by Tampa Bay last week and signed by the Lions on Sunday. “I am all about that all about getting to the football. I believe I am in the best situation possible.”

Lewis a former third-round pick played 28 games over three seasons with Tampa Bay making just one start.

“Sometimes things just don’t work out” he said. “Being able to have the opportunity to be somewhere new having a fresh start and a clean slate that’s always good.”

Lewis fits a couple of familiar profiles for the Lions. He’s young 25 but has some NFL experience. He’s got good size (6-2) and speed (4.4). And he’s a highly touted player who for whatever reason has yet to find his way in the NFL.

“At first I had a good opportunity (in Tampa)” he said. “But once you get hurt they push you to the side. I know it’s a business. I know how the game works. They always bring guys in to replace you and once those guys start doing good they are going to roll with the punches and stick with those guys.

“I had a good time in Tampa but I am blessed to be in Detroit.”

Lewis didn’t finish the 2012 season because of a lingering hamstring injury.

“We liked him in the draft a few years ago (2010)” coach Jim Schwartz said. “He’s got great size great speed and we had a chance to add a corner. He’s a good fit.”

The Lions have had success rejuvenating careers of young veteran corners. Chris Houston is the best example of that.

“That’s going to depend on him” Schwartz said of Lewis. “A change of scenery itself doesn’t do a whole lot of good. But we feel like he’s a good fit and he’s able to play special teams.”

The Lions have had some attrition at the cornerback spot with injuries to Jonte Green Chris Greenwood Ross Weaver and Ron Bartell. Bartell and Green practiced Sunday; Weaver and Greenwood did not.