Lions' QB Anes has work cut out for him

Former Grand Valley State product Curt Anes has his work cut out for him if he hopes to land with Detroit this year, but did make progress while spending time in NFL Europe this year. More info on Anes inside.

Former Grand Valley State standout QB Curt Anes had to throw a few passes after the team had finished its final workout.

Anes, who led the Lakers to an NCAA Division II national championship in 2002 and was signed by the Lions a year ago as an undrafted rookie, is doing everything he can to make a place for himself on an NFL roster.

Although he was cut by the Lions at the end of training camp in 2003, he spent the year conditioning himself and played the past spring season with the Scottish Claymores in NFL Europe, getting back to Detroit just about the time the Lions were finishing minicamp.

Splitting time with two other young quarterbacks, Anes completed 58 or 98 pass attempts (59.2 percent) for 631 yards and two touchdowns with one interception. He also rushed 16 times for 96 yards and a TD. More important, Anes got a chance to play, to run an offense and show he can play outside of the Division II level.

"I think the overall experience was good and I think I accomplished what I needed to, while I was there," he said. "Just getting some film to prove that I could play against higher competition."

Anes has his work cut out for him trying to make the Lions' roster with Joey Harrington, Mike McMahon and Rick Mirer ahead of him at the quarterback position, but he said he has received feelers from other NFL teams if he can't make it with the Lions.

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