Kircus Believes He Can Play in NFL

A late-round selection last year, Lions' wide receiver David Kircus hauled in the game-winning touchdown pass from QB Rick Mirer in last night's 20-17 win over Buffalo. Kircus said the catch was the icing on what has been a great camp for him overall, but he still isn't content until he makes the final roster.

(DETROIT) - David Kircus has a ton of fans in Southeastern and West Michigan. After four Division II record setting seasons at Grand Valley State University, fans knew his name. They were delighted when Kircus was selected by the Lions in the late rounds of the 2003 NFL draft.

So jubulation broke out when Kircus caught the winning touchdown pass in Saturday's 20-17 victory over the Buffalo Bills. Kircus said the catch was the icing on what has been a great camp for him overall.

"Coming from Grand Valley where I was used to scoring three touchdowns a game and last year being a rookie, [that was] just a learning experience. This camp definitely woke me up to a lot of things as far as, I had to get heavier and I had to get off the ball better, I tried to do that all through camp. I think I had a pretty good camp. To get that touchdown just topped it off for me because that was something I wanted to do, I wanted to get in that endzone."

The fans wanted it just as bad. If there is a fan favorite, Kircus is it, but he knows with the presence of two No. 1 picks at his position, and two high profile free agent acquisitions on the roster, the odds are not in his favor that he will be on the final 53-man roster. Still he remains upbeat and positive about his chances.

"I expect to [make the final cut]. I wouldn't be here, I wouldn't work as hard as I do if I didn't expect to make the team. I just go out there and work as hard as I can to try to prove that to [the coaching staff]. It is a numbers game, the decisions are ultimately up to them. I can only do what I do and let them make the decisions."

Kircus says if the unthinkable happens and he is released, he will try to catch on somewhere because he has confidence in his game.

"I'm going to give it my all here and if it doesn't work out and if they don't see it, hopefully I can show it to someone else. I believe I can play in this league, I really do. It's going to take time, because I've got to learn a lot of things. It's just a waiting game for me."

Judging from the reaction of the Lions fans in the stands last night, they are hoping just as hard as Kircus that he makes it in Detroit.

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