The Colts signed Kaaya off the Lions' practice squad Tuesday, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports. After being drafted by Detroit in the sixth round of the draft in April, Kaaya was waived three times by two different teams before ultimately joining the Lions' practice squad in late October. The Colts evidently recognized some potential in the 22-year-old, who will get a look during their final week of practice of the season. Indianapolis could view Kaaya as a potential backup candidate in 2018 with Scott Tolzien set to become an unrestricted free agent.
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.
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