Lions add quarterback R.J. Archer

Lions have signed quarterback R.J. Archer to compete with Kellen Moore for the third-string option.

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) – The Detroit Lions have signed quarterback R.J. Archer and released wide receiver Troy Burrell.

The move that creates competition for Kellen Moore was announced Thursday.

Archer was cut as a rookie free agent by the Minnesota Vikings two years ago. He plays for the Georgia Force in the Arena Football League.

The former William and Mary standout will likely get a chance to compete with Moore - an undrafted rookie from Boise State - to be the team's third-string quarterback behind Matthew Stafford and Shaun Hill when training camp begins next month.

Burrell is an undrafted rookie from Wayne State. He is a native of Port Huron.

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