Force starting QB RJ Archer (6’2, 225, William and Mary) was added to the Detroit Lions roster on Thursday. Archer attended the Lions mini camp last month and caught the eye of the Detroit coaches.
“It is a good opportunity for RJ,” stated head coach Dean Cokinos. “Helping players move up is what the Arena Football League is about. He was a total professional and team guy with us. This is well deserved; we wish him nothing but the best.”
Georgia has bumped up former Hawaii standout Bryant Moniz (6’0, 215, Hawaii) to fill the void, along with Tony Colston (6’4, 215, Tusculum).
The Force will be on the road again this weekend, facing the Utah Blaze on Saturday, June 23rd at 9 p.m. EST at the EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah. The game will be streamed live on Ustream.
Force starting QB RJ Archer (6’2, 225, William and Mary) has been invited to attend the NFL’s 2012 Detroit Lions Mini Camp. Archer leaves for Detroit Thursday morning, and will participate in practices and meeting with the Lions on Friday and Saturday before returning to Georgia on Sunday. Mini Camps are designed to give rookies an opportunity to showcase their skills to NFL coaches and staff, potentially earning them a position on the roster.
“It’s definitely a good opportunity; it’s always great when an NFL team wants to take a look at you,” stated Archer. “I’m just ready to get up there and get on the field and show them what I can do.”
Head Coach Dean Cokinos agrees that this is an advantageous opportunity for Archer. “This is part of the deal in the AFL,” explained Cokinos. “It is our goal to develop and promote as many players as possible to get them to the next level. RJ deserves this opportunity.”
Archer is not the only Force player to get a chance to pursue his NFL dreams in recent months: WR Rodney Bradley signed with the Baltimore Ravens back in September. Additionally, WR Justin Harper and DB Jamar Wall signed with the Canadian Football League in January.
The Force will be home this weekend, facing the Tampa Bay Storm on Saturday, May 12th at 7 p.m. EST at the The Arena at Gwinnett Center in Duluth, Georgia. The game will be televised on WSB MeTV 2.2 Atlanta, as well as streamed live on Ustream.