Bryce Quigley said he just wanted an opportunity, and that’s what he’s getting.
Quigley, a 2010 Granite Hills graduate and former San Diego State left tackle and tight end, signed as an undrafted rookie free agent with the Detroit Lions on Thursday.
Quigley will have to make the team for the contract to be guaranteed. He said he will have the opportunity to play offensive guard and tackle.
“It’s very exciting,” Quigley said. “It’s a great team for me, lot of opportunities on the line.”
Quigley tore a ligament in his left foot in November, but put off surgery until after San Diego State’s appearance in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl.
He had surgery in January and was unable to work out for teams prior to the NFL Draft, which was held May 8-10. Quigley said had he been healthy and able to work out for teams he could have been a sixth- or seventh-round pick. But not being drafted allowed Quigley to find the best opportunity for himself as a free agent.
He tried out for the New York Giants earlier this week before flying to Detroit for a tryout Thursday. Quigley said Lions offensive line coach Jeremiah Washburn and assistant offensive line coach Bobby Johnson ran him through position specific drills as head coach Jim Caldwell and other team executives watched.
Quigley had a tryout scheduled with the San Diego Chargers for Monday, but canceled that. He said there are open spots in Detroit’s lineup, and there’s a possibility he might be able to earn a starting job.
The Detroit Free Press, reporting earlier Thursday on Quigley’s workout, said that the fourth offensive tackle position is open.
“Ultimately, it comes down to a team fitting,” Quigley said.
Quigley was scheduled to fly back to Southern California on Friday, then return to Detroit next week to meet up with the other rookies already there learning the system.
The Lions are coming off a 7-9 season and last made the playoffs in 2011.
Quigley made 12 starts at tight end in his first two seasons at San Diego State before moving to left tackle in his final two seasons.
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