The Detroit Lions waited until 8 p.m. ET Saturday to announce their final cuts (which was appreciated by those who got to see the Tigers’ comeback and walkoff win), and Zac Robinson ended up losing out in the race for the No. 3 quarterback job.
Robinson was among the announced final cuts, as reported by the Detroit News’ Chris McCosky. He joins linebacker Caleb Campbell, tight end J.J. Finley, wide receiver Tim Toone, cornerback Anthony Madison, defensive end Narada Williams and fullback Matt Clapp in the final wave of players receiving their release.
The second-year quarterback out of Oklahoma State looked to be giving Drew Stanton a run as the Lions’ third quarterback, as he was impressing coaches and getting more reps in practice. But Stanton was the incumbent, so Robinson had to beat him out.
Robinson could possibly be brought back and signed to the practice squad, but another team might snap him up to be their third quarterback.
Campbell was always an intriguing story, drafted out of West Point in 2008 but had to serve his military commitment to the Army until 2010. (Cadets are obligated to serve two years of active duty before applying for a release, a change in policy that was made after Campbell was drafted by the Lions.) He saw action in two games with Detroit last season.
Toone, the Lions’ seventh-round selection in 2010 (and the final player drafted, giving him the title of “Mr. Irrelevant”), was also among the team’s final cuts last year. But the competition at wide receiver on the Lions’ roster was quite strong, and he was once again squeezed out.