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Lions awarded WR Conner Vernon on waivers


The Lions made a change to their WR depth on Monday, claiming first-year pro Conner Vernon on waivers from Cincinnati and waiving rookie Quinton Payton. The roster moves were disclosed in the NFL’s Monday transactions.

Vernon (6-0, 200) finished the 2013 season on the Browns’ practice squad. The Browns signed him to a reserve/future deal in December but waived him last month. He was then picked up by the Bengals.

A Duke product, Vernon entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent with Oakland in 2013. He turns 24 next Monday.

Payton is an undrafted free agent from North Carolina State.

Eleven of the Lions’ 90 players are wide receivers.

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16 Responses to “Lions awarded WR Conner Vernon on waivers”
  1. smartestpackerfan says: Aug 11, 2014 8:25 PM

    SUPER BOWL!!!!!!

  2. nickinneohio says: Aug 11, 2014 8:26 PM

    Quite the find considering he was cut by the receiver needy Browns. Prove ’em all wrong Conner!

  3. isphet71 says: Aug 11, 2014 8:47 PM

    The Lions have 11 WRs on the team…

    11 players on the field at once…

    I see what’s happening here.

  4. jdog5428 says: Aug 11, 2014 8:47 PM

    A 6 foot white WR cut by the Browns…what a catch!

  5. isphet71 says: Aug 11, 2014 8:51 PM

    “A 6 foot white WR cut by the Browns…what a catch!”


  6. racerx1225 says: Aug 11, 2014 8:56 PM

    I thought he was very promising when he was picked up by the Raiders. He has great hands and runs great routes.

  7. jonesjourdan24 says: Aug 11, 2014 9:07 PM

    He will be cut tomorrow.

  8. thetruthcampaign says: Aug 11, 2014 10:10 PM

    I have no idea who this is.

  9. bubbybrisket says: Aug 11, 2014 10:23 PM


  10. splashsaturn says: Aug 11, 2014 10:28 PM

    When you got ten receivers, where can you go from there? Nowhere. What the Lions do, if they need that extra push over the cliff…you what they do? Eleven. Exactly…

  11. bobusch1 says: Aug 11, 2014 10:29 PM

    let go by Raiders and Browns? not sure but don’t they need good wr’s ???? and cheap ones at that? Hmmm not sure if thats a blessing unless your still drinking the offseason kool-aid from Lions camp, that I finally stopped drinking after mid season last year, Hope its a great addition, but sounds like another clunker at this point

  12. erbsdad says: Aug 11, 2014 10:48 PM

    During camp we have a bunch of plays that run 3-4 WR’s at a time. We are renting this dude’s legs for a couple weeks, then we boot him.

    It’s probably a favor to an agent.

    The time is now.

  13. bluez32 says: Aug 11, 2014 11:07 PM

    I wish the Browns would have kept him . especially after all the drops I saw Saturday night against the Lions .

  14. mpoles says: Aug 12, 2014 5:12 AM

    Anyone remember the 2013 Senior Bowl? He was superb in that game.

  15. stash918 says: Aug 12, 2014 12:31 PM

    Exactly; cut by teams like the Browns and Raiders is generally a positive contrarian indicator. He can catch the ball, which is more than you can say for many of these guys who actually will make NFL rosters. I’m not his agent but I’ve seen with my own eyes that this guy can play, even if there’s only an outside chance he’ll be Wes Welker in his prime.

  16. raiderapologist says: Aug 12, 2014 9:02 PM

    Oakland is where NFL careers go to die, unless they’re signed by the Browns. Or the Lions.

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