The Lions claimed Kaaya off waivers Wednesday, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports. The Panthers claimed Kaaya off waivers after the Lions included the Miami product as part of their final roster cuts ahead of Week 1. However, the Lions must've regretted that decision to let him loose, considering they pounced on the opportunity to bring him back after he Carolina parted ways with him Tuesday. Now back with the team that drafted him this spring, Kaaya will serve as the No. 3 signal caller behind a banged-up Matthew Stafford and current backup Jake Rudock.
Kaaya was waived Tuesday by the Panthers, Steve Reed of the Associated Press reports. Kaaya was waived in order to make room for the signing of linebacker Andrew Gachkar. Kaaya could end up on a practice roster if a team is in need of an emergency quarterback. Garrett Gilbert now will effectively become the third-string quarterback for Carolina.
Kaaya has a "zero percent chance" to beat out Jake Rudock for the Lions' backup QB job, Kyle Meinke of MLive.com reports. There's a chance the Lions carry three quarterbacks into the regular season, but that seems unlikely with Jake Rudock proving capable as a backup. The smart money is on Kaaya opening the season on the practice squad.
The Lions selected Kaaya in the sixth round of the 2017 NFL Draft, 215th overall. Kaaya was one of the better quarterbacks in college football the last three years, starting as a true freshman and finishing his three-year run with 9,968 yards (8.4 YPA), 69 touchdowns and 24 interceptions. Kaaya (6-foot-4, 214 pounds) is a skinny quarterback, however, and for some reason didn't add any weight since his freshman year. The NFL was evidently skeptical about his physical ability to play the position.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|9||11/07||@Green Bay Packers||10||16.33|
|14||12/10||@Tampa Bay Buccaneers||29||23.60|
|17||12/31||Green Bay Packers||10||16.33|
|3 Year Avg||0.0||0||0||0||0||0||0|