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Lions sign Arena League quarterback R.J. Archer

Kellen Moore AP

R.J. Archer tried out for the Lions at their minicamp and they must have seen something appealing in the Arena Leaguer.

The Lions announced Thursday that they’ve signed Archer to a contract. Archer has led the Georgia Force to a 7-7 record this season and he spent time with the Vikings near the end of the 2010 season when injuries limited their supply of signal callers. He played his college ball at the College of William & Mary.

Archer’s signing means that Kellen Moore, the undrafted rookie signed after a stellar career at Boise State and pictured on this page, doesn’t have a total lock on the third quarterback job. There have been some positive reviews of Moore’s offseason work, although all of them are tempered with comments about his lack of the requisite arm strength for the position.

With Archer in the fold, Moore will have to earn the position instead of just having it handed to him. There’s a fair chance that either Archer or Moore would start the year on the practice squad since the Lions are well situated with Matthew Stafford and Shaun Hill in the first two spots.

The Lions dropped wide receiver Troy Burrell to make room for Archer.

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11 Responses to “Lions sign Arena League quarterback R.J. Archer”
  1. the1vito says: Jun 21, 2012 2:54 PM

    Also thought I’d mention that Archer’s agent, Chris Cabott, is a really nice guy and a counter to the negative image of sports/entertainment agents.

  2. thegreatgabbert says: Jun 21, 2012 3:10 PM

    I guess Martin Mayhew doesn’t want to wait for that eventual Super Bowl appearance until he is too old to enjoy it.

  3. thefiesty1 says: Jun 21, 2012 3:17 PM

    The Lions should just join the arena league. They might be able to win half their games then.

  4. jengibre23 says: Jun 21, 2012 4:09 PM

    Give kellen Moore a chance. The winningest college football quarterback in history deserves a chance in the NFL

  5. t8ertot says: Jun 21, 2012 4:26 PM

    With a name like Archer you have to expect great things

  6. butkus54 says: Jun 21, 2012 4:36 PM

    re:thefiesty1says:

    guess you flunked math in grade 2 … the Lions were 10-6 last year.

  7. Soulman45 says: Jun 21, 2012 4:52 PM

    THE GREAT DETROIT LIONS
    Need a QB more like Stafford that have a strong arm, that don’t though floaters this is the NFL a QB need a strong arm to be good.

  8. laxcoach37 says: Jun 21, 2012 6:04 PM

    Donovan McNabb can’t be happy about this!

  9. bigwalt2990 says: Jun 21, 2012 7:57 PM

    So does Archer have a strong arm or a weak one? No one’s said he’s got a weak one, so it must not be.

  10. TIB says: Jun 21, 2012 9:52 PM

    I just hope Troy catches on somewhere or comes back

  11. staffordsyear says: Jun 23, 2012 6:10 AM

    Mayhew covering all positions..love it!..you would never hear about millen makin these kind of moves.

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