(ALLEN PARK) - The Detroit Lions released six more players today to get down to the 65 man limit mandated by the NFL. While their were no real surprises, fans were disappointed that former Grand Valley State University star quarterback Curt Anes was among those who were released.
The East Kentwood, MI standout was the 2002 Lindys College Football preseason Division II Player of the Year and a Lindys College Football preseason First-Team All-American as well as being named to Street And Smiths College Football preseason First-Team All-American. Anes led the Lakers to the Division II National Championship while throwing for 3,692 yards and 47 touchdowns en route to being named the Harlon Hill trophy winner as the Most Outstanding Player in Division II.
Lions head coach Steve Mariucci held out hope that although Anes was released today, he may not be done in the Lions organization if things break right.
I havent spoken with him yet. Hes a guy I will visit with regarding Europe and hes a guy who should keep progressing. Hes chiseled up his body and lost about 12 or 14 pounds since weve had him here. Hes got some swagger to him, some smarts and a little savvy. He has good arm strength. Hes a guy who has some more playing to do. He knew exactly what he was getting in to."
"We talked to him on draft weekend. He knew our situation and our depth and he understood his chances and what the alternative would be and he agreed to pursue this. What he has done is improved himself by coming here and I think he is a better quarterback than he was a year ago. Hell be a guy that we keep tabs on. If hes waived and he gets claimed by somebody then that could be altered in a second but if he doesnt we would like him to stay close to this organization. We would put him over there (Europe), let him play some and then get him back for camp.
The Lions must release 17 more players by 4:00 p.m. Sunday, August 31 to meet the NFL's 53-mandatory limit.
Currently, they have 70 players on the roster, including 5 NFL exemptions (which expire on the cutdown date).
Detroit hosts their annual kickoff luncheon tomorrow and then travels to Buffalo to take on the Bills at Ralph Wilson stadium Thursday at 7:30 pm.