After 11 weeks on the practice squad, sixth-round draft pick David Kircus -- a wide receiver from Grand Valley State (Mich.) -- is going to get a chance to show he can play in the NFL.
Although he showed flashes during training camp with his speed and receiving ability, the Lions cut him, then re-signed him to the practice squad on the theory he needed more time to make the transition from Division II to the NFL.
"He's been waiting for this opportunity," Mariucci said. "He's practicing hard and practicing well, so hopefully he'll take advantage of this opportunity.
"He's a guy we drafted for a purpose. We felt he had something to offer this organization so now he's going to get a chance to prove it."
Although he is only 6-feet-1 and 185 pounds, Kircus has exceptional speed and the ability to make acrobatic catches. And he has another quality, as Mariucci noted.
"He's one of those Type A personalities anyway," Mariucci said. "He hits the elevator button even though it's lit up, alright? He always practices hard, he's an energetic guy and -- you know what? -- he's going to do fine."
Quarterback Joey Harrington says he likes Kircus' approach to the game.
"He doesn't have that stereotypical All-Pro receiver mold but he's got the attitude and he's got the moxie," Harrington said. "I like the way he comes into the huddle, the way he wants the ball. Those are the things that can make him a great receiver."
"I wouldn't call it intimidation," he said. "A lot hit me at one time and, being a young player, that's going to take a toll on you. But I think I battled through it and I've hung in there so far. Hopefully, I can continue to hang in there."
Kircus was asked if he might have to "dial it down a little bit" to stay under control in his first NFL game.
"Dial it down a little bit?" he asked. "I don't think so. I think part of the reason they did bring me up was the energy I've had in practice. Hopefully, I can bring that energy into the game with me."