Sept 1, 2011; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Detroit Lions quarterback Zac Robinson (10) runs with the ball during the second half against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Lions beat Bills 16 - 6. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-US PRESSWIRE

Could a former Lions QB be in the fold for future backup job in Detroit?


The Lions logjam at the quarterback position could be solved by bringing back former Lions quarterback Zac Robinson.

Robinson is battling against undrafted rookie quarterback Tyler Hansen for the third string job on the Cincinnati Bengals roster.


In terms of which player wins the final quarterback roster spot, Bengals beat writer Joe Reedy says Robinson has the benefit of being with the franchise for a year, but Hansen has showed strong arm strength, good accuracy, and has made nice throws during OTAs.

Should Robinson lose the final roster spot to Hansen after the preseason exhibition season, it would be intriguing to see if the Lions bring Robinson in before week one of the regular season.

Robinson was a fan favorite in Detroit because he performed well as a backup during the 2011 preseason games for the Lions. It was shocking to see that he chose to sign to the Bengals practice roster over the Lions practice roster after he was waived by Detroit on September 3, 2011.

The move would make sense if undrafted rookie quarterback Kellen Moore continues to struggle throughout training camp the same way he did during OTAs.

The Lions also signed former Arena Football League quarterback RJ Archer to compete with Moore, but he is a longshot to make the final 53-man roster.

Because former quarterback Drew Stanton left the team in free agency and current second string quarterback Shaun Hill is two-years away from retirement, Zac Robinson would be a perfect candidate to assume the backup role to Matthew Stafford because of his familiarity with the Lions.

September 12, 2010; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Mike Williams (17) delivers a stiff-arm to San Francisco 49ers cornerback Nate Clements (second from left) on a 35 yard pass reception during the second quarter at Qwest Field. Mandatory Credit: Jason O. Watson-US PRESSWIRE

In other former Detroit Lions player news, the Seattle Seahawks cut wide receiver Mike Williams.

Williams was selected tenth overall by the Lions in the 2005 NFL Draft and played in Detroit for two miserable seasons.

Danny O’Neil, writer for the Seattle Times, explains that Williams lack of game day production and overall battle with staying durable is what hurt the wide receiver the most in terms of keeping his roster spot.

“The problem was production in general, and durability in particular. He was heavier this past year. That was evident. And he spent all this offseason in his recovery from ankle surgery, and while Carroll said he expected Williams to be ready to return, there was always the question of how ready he would really be given the lack of workouts this offseason.”

The Seahawks already have a sound roster of wide receivers led by Sidney rice, Doug Baldwin, and Golden Tate, which is another reason Williams was let go.

As a Lions fan, would you welcome the return of Mike Williams with open arms or would you despise such a move?

Tags: Detroit Lions Drew Stanton Kellen Moore Matthew Stafford Mike Williams NFC NFL RJ Archer Seattle Seahawks Shaun Hill Tyler Hansen Zac Robinson

  • Jeremiah

    Maybe if he decided to play tight end. But then there’s still Pettigrew and Scheffler. So probably not

  • http://twitter.com/Breeasy22 Brendan Eary

    this is the 2nd article i read on this page, wayyyy better then the first, but still lacking, you quickly talked about the Q.B thing then moved on to Mike Williams, and honestly who cares about ‘em, he can never stay healthy or in shape, there is no way in HELL the Lions would consider this move, he isnt even a character guy so there would be point in bringing him back, not to mention fans dont/wont want him. Pretty pointless question. At least there was quotes and some good points unlike the other article