(ALLEN PARK) - The Detroit Lions released
six more players today to get down to the 65 man limit mandated by the NFL. While their
were no real surprises, fans were disappointed that former Grand Valley State University
star quarterback Curt Anes was among those who were
The East Kentwood, MI standout was the 2002 Lindys College Football preseason
Division II Player of the Year and a Lindys College Football preseason First-Team
All-American as well as being named to Street And Smiths College Football preseason
First-Team All-American. Anes led the Lakers to the Division II National Championship
while throwing for 3,692 yards and 47 touchdowns en route to being named the Harlon Hill
trophy winner as the Most Outstanding Player in Division II.
Lions head coach Steve Mariucci held out hope that although Anes was released today, he
may not be done in the Lions organization if things break right.
I havent spoken with him yet. Hes a guy I will visit with regarding
Europe and hes a guy who should keep progressing. Hes chiseled up his body and
lost about 12 or 14 pounds since weve had him here. Hes got some swagger to
him, some smarts and a little savvy. He has good arm strength. Hes a guy who has
some more playing to do. He knew exactly what he was getting in to."
"We talked to him on draft weekend. He knew our situation and our depth and he
understood his chances and what the alternative would be and he agreed to pursue this.
What he has done is improved himself by coming here and I think he is a better quarterback
than he was a year ago. Hell be a guy that we keep tabs on. If hes waived and
he gets claimed by somebody then that could be altered in a second but if he doesnt
we would like him to stay close to this organization. We would put him over there
(Europe), let him play some and then get him back for camp.
Also cut by Detroit today were FB Brandon Drumm, WR Scottie Vines, G David Miller,
DT Anthony Herron and DT Shawn
On Monday, WR Travis Anglin, RB Luke Staley, G Zach Wilson
and LB Ken Philpot were all released.
The Lions must release 17 more players by 4:00 p.m. Sunday, August 31 to meet the NFL's
Currently, they have 70 players on the roster, including 5 NFL exemptions (which expire
on the cutdown date).
Detroit hosts their annual kickoff luncheon tomorrow and then travels to Buffalo to take on the Bills at Ralph Wilson
stadium Thursday at 7:30 pm.