The Vikings released Key, but early enough that he could catch on with another team. The Browns, who were searching for secondary help, signed Key on Aug. 11 and he paid immediate dividends.
In one of his first practices he picked off starting quarterback Derrick Anderson and returned it 25-yards for a touchdown. He found himself on the field Thursday night in Detroit playing against a team he watched since childhood from his hometown of Three Rivers, Mich. - the Detroit Lions.
GSN caught up with Key immediately after the game
"I feel blessed, man. Blessed to have this opportunity to showcase what I can do," said Key. "Cleveland gave me an opportunity a couple of weeks ago to come in and I'm just trying to take advantage of every snap."
Some observers, including Browns media members, say Key has a chance of sticking with the team, at least as a member of the practice squad.
"I think I have a pretty good chance," Key said. "I just have to go in there and take advantage of every snap, fly around in practice and hopefully things will work out.
"(Coach Crennel) told me that he was going to give me an opportunity and that I needed to go out there, do the best that I can, make some plays and he would see where I fit come the final cut."
Key says he keeps in touch with his former Spartan mates very closely. He told GSN he worked out in East Lansing all this summer.
"When I was released from Minnesota, I had a few days of downtime so I went back there and worked out with the team and the guys look like they're headed in the right direction."
Key said he wished he had one more season in the Green-and-White.
"Oh man, if I had one more year under Coach Dantonio, that would have polished my game just a little bit better and prepared me for this level a little bit more. But the one year that we had was good and I'm thankful to be in this situation now."