The Detroit Lions are hosting fullback Jed Collins on a free-agent visit Wednesday and, barring any complications with the trip, are expected to sign him to a contract.

Collins, who went undrafted out of Washington State in 2008, played the last four seasons for the New Orleans, where new Lions offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi was the team's quarterbacks coach.

Last year, Collins started eight games and carried 15 times for 45 yards. He has just four other carries and 39 receptions in his NFL career.

Lions general manager Martin Mayhew said at the NFL combine last month that he expects to have a fullback on the roster this fall for the first time since 2010.

Last week, the Lions hosted fullback Henry Hynoski on a free-agent visit. Hynoski re-signed with the New York Giants.

“I've kind of always liked to have a fullback around,” Mayhew said at the combine. “So we're looking to try to find a guy that can fitinto one of those roles.”

Lions president Tom Lewand said during an appearance at MGM casino Monday that Lombardi's offense features more two-back sets.