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Monday, August 11, 2014
Detroit Lions claim WR Conner Vernon

By Michael Rothstein

ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- The back end of the Detroit Lions' wide receiver corps continues to have a constant rotation.

On Monday afternoon, right after Quintin Payton practiced with Detroit, the former NC State receiver was waived by the club to make room for another receiver -- Conner Vernon, who played collegiately at Duke.

Vernon has bounced around a lot since going undrafted in 2013, spending last season's training camp in Oakland, this past offseason with Cleveland, a couple of weeks of training camp with Cincinnati and now heads up Interstate 75 to Detroit.

Vernon played in Cincinnati's first preseason game, nabbing one catch for a 12-yard touchdown. What might have caught Detroit's eye about Vernon are his hands, which his Duke bio says were named best in the ACC in 2012 by Lindy's Magazine.

The 6-foot Vernon had 1,163 yards as a senior at Duke and according to his NFL combine bio, is the cousin of former NFL place-kicker Al Del Greco.