30 April 2012
As of Sunday, the Detroit Lions had added 13 undrafted free agents to their roster. Well, things change. The Lions announced the signing of 7 more undrafted college free agents to contracts, bringing the number of new signees to -- counts fingers, takes off shoes -- 20!
When it comes to players of note from the 7, there's 2.
The Lions inked a local player, Wayne State WR Troy Burrell, who had quite the career at WSU:
Wide receiver Troy Burrell (Detroit Lions) had a reception in 47 of 49 career games played and concluded his career with a 38-game reception streak. He recorded 12 100-yard receiving games and set the WSU career mark for receptions (187), while finishing second in career receiving yards (3,132) and touchdowns (27). Burrell is fifth in average yards per reception (minimum 40 catches) at 16.75 ypc, eighth in career touchdowns (28), ninth in all-purpose yards (3,299) and 10th in scoring (168 points)
Troy Burrell's 2010 highlight reel:
The Lions also signed a RB, Penn State's Stephfon Green, who has a history of injury and discipline issues. The most recent problem was a bust for buying alcohol for minors, which almost ended Green's PSU career before his senior season. Only by vote of the PSU players was Green allowed to play for the Nittany Lions in 2011. Green never lived up to the promise shown his freshman season, when he averaged 5.5 YPC, rushing for 578 yards and adding another 278 receiving. As a senior, Green only rushed for 266 yards, but did have 6 TD's.
Stephfon Green showing off his unrealized potential, taking a screen pass 80 yards for a TD against Michigan in 2008:
Here's the latest batch of 7 Lions signees, make of it what you will:
Pat Boyle, G: Temple
Troy Burrell, WR: Wayne State
Michael Cosgrove, DT: Idaho
Stephfon Green, RB: Penn State
Alonzo Lawrence, CB: Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College
Edmon McClam, DE: Old Dominion
Austin Wells, TE: Northern Iowa