Following yesterday’s addition of quarterback Thaddeus Lewis off the waiver wire, the Lions have released former Western Michigan signal caller Alex Carder. He was signed as an undrafted free agent following April’s draft. Carder threw for 8,886 yards, 74 touchdowns and 36 interceptions in 38 games for the Broncos.
“We saw him in the preseason last year or the year before,” Lions head coach Jim Schwartz said of Lewis to the media today. “I can’t remember which game he played against us. He ended up starting a game last year and had a pretty good game. I think it was the last game of the season. He’s bounced around for a little while. He started with St. Louis, and then he ended up in Cleveland, but he became available and we thought he would do a nice job competing for us.”
Prior to his recent stint with the Cleveland Browns, Lewis signed with the St. Louis Rams as an undrafted free agent in 2010. He made his NFL debut in week 17 of 2012, completing 22-of-32 passes for 203 yards, one touchdown and one interception.
Lewis was a four year starter at Duke University where he eclipsed 10,000 yards while being named All-ACC second team twice.
If the Lions decide to carry three quarterbacks again, Kellen Moore and Lewis remain the viable candidates.