Former Nebraska football quarterback Adrian Martinez is officially on the hunt for a new job after the Detroit Lions cut him from their roster.
It’s a bit of a back to the drawing board moment for former Husker, Adrian Martinez. The ex-Nebraska football quarterback had played enough during the preseason that it seemed like he might have had a shot to make the roster.
However, according to a new report, the Lions will only have two quarterbacks on the roster. Starter Jared Goff and backup Teddy Bridgewater. There were at one time, five quarterbacks on the roster, including the former Nebraska football star.
Former Tennessee Volunteers quarterback Hendon Hooker is going to miss the season with a torn ACL and is currently on the lions IL list. Nate Sudfeld had played earlier this preseason but also tore his ACL and is on the IL as well.
Former Nebraska football star on the lookout for a new job
Martinez’s chances of making the Lions was always a long shot. After finishing his college career with the Kansas State Wildcats, he wasn’t drafted. However, he signed a free-agent contract shortly after the draft.
The fact that he was healthy enough to play as much as he did for the Lions is a bit of a victory on its own. After getting off to a superb start for the Wildcats, he ended up missing the second half of the season with a leg injury.
This preseason, Martinez played 47 snaps in two preseason games. In that action he completed 9-of-18 passes for 76 yards. He also showed that he could be a weapon in the NFL by running for 24 yards and a touchdown.
Martinez’s NFL career might have taken a hit on Monday but it’s certainly not over. There is still a chance the one-time Nebraska football star could hook onto Deroit’s practice squad. Especially with the team only carrying two QBs and Teddy Bridgewater’s injury history.