Former Michigan State football star Brian Lewerke was let go by the Patriots last week and recently worked out with the Detroit Lions.
It’s been a tough road for Brian Lewerke after his Michigan State days. He finished his Spartan career on a decent note with 9,500 total yards and 57 touchdowns. He was one of the best dual-threats in school history despite receiving plenty of flak from fans regarding his accuracy and decision-making.
When it’s all said and done and you look back at Lewerke’s MSU career, you have to appreciate just how productive he was given the circumstances.
Lewerke injured his shoulder during his junior season and played through it, losing confidence in the process while barely being able to put any zip on the ball. He returned as a senior, won the starting job and improved in every statistical category (outside of interceptions).
The dual-threat went from potential first-round talent after his sophomore year to undrafted in the 2020 NFL Draft, getting picked up by the Patriots shortly after. It looked like a good situation for him since Tom Brady was gone and there was little experienced depth on the roster behind a recently-signed Cam Newton.
Lewerke was waived and then days later, the Patriots brought him back to make a push for one of the final roster spots. He was waived again last week and is looking for work.
On Tuesday, the Arizona-native worked out for the Lions and it makes you wonder just how good of a fit he’d be in Detroit.
Besides being familiar with the area, it wouldn’t be the worst move for Detroit to add him to the practice squad to try and battle it out for a spot behind Matthew Stafford on the active roster. Chase Daniel is the lone backup right now and the practice squad could use a quarterback with NFL backup potential.
With the right coaching and a return of confidence, Lewerke could return to the quarterback he was during his sophomore year in 2017 and if that’s the case, he’ll be seriously pushing for a roster spot by the start of next season.
Detroit would be a great fit for Lewerke, mainly because the Lions’ quarterback situation behind Stafford is horrid and the potential is there for him to return to his old self — if not better — with the right coaching.