Conner Vernon's career with the Cincinnati Bengals was short-loved, but at least he's getting another shot with an NFL team before the next preseason game takes place.
The Detroit Lions have claimed wide receiver Vernon on waivers from the Bengals. Vernon played in Cincinnati's first preseason game, nabbing one catch for a 12-yard touchdown.
Making that moment even great was it was part of backup quarterback Matt Scott's famed Puke, Puke and Pass play.
As a prospect out of Duke, Vernon logged a 4.68 40-yard dash time, which isn't overly fast for a 6'1", 200-pound receiver. Still, he was a productive four-year guy in college, earning second-team All-ACC honors as a sophomore, junior and senior. His final year at Duke, Vernon had 85 catches, 1,074 yards and eight touchdown receptions. He is the all-time leader at Duke for receiving yards with 3,749.
Vernon finished the 2013 season on the Browns’ practice squad. The Browns signed him to a reserve/future deal in December but waived him last month. He was then picked up by the Bengals. In order to make room for Vernon, Detroit is waiving rookie Quinton Payton.