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Rugby star Carlin Isles joins Lions

ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- In their never-ending search for players, the Detroit Lions made a curious signing Thursday morning.

Carlin Isles, a member of the United States rugby sevens team, signed as a wide receiver on the Lions' practice squad after trying out with the team earlier this week.

Isles ran the 40-yard dash in 4.22 seconds during his workout with the team this week, according to the Detroit Free Press.

"You're looking for athletes," Lions coach Jim Schwartz said. "It hasn't been unusual to see basketball players transition to the NFL, and it's not just recently; that goes way back.

"Even track guys like Bob Hayes and Renaldo Nehemiah -- things like that. An athlete's an athlete, and there are skills you can develop, and if you see something that you like, then you can work with him."

Isles played football and ran track at Ashland University, a Division II school, before moving to rugby.

Dubbed by RugbyMag.com as "the fastest man in American rugby," Isles became a YouTube sensation playing rugby because of his speed.

The practice squad spot opened up when Detroit sent tight end Dorin Dickerson to injured reserve and promoted practice squad tight end Matt Veldman to the 53-man roster.

Dickerson hid a concussion from the Lions after being hit in the second half of Sunday's 23-20 overtime loss to the New York Giants. He was eventually diagnosed with a concussion in overtime.


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December 26th, 2013, 4:29 pm
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The guy is FAST, i'll give him that. and he is used to holding onto something the shape of a football....but thats about all I can say about this one.

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December 26th, 2013, 5:06 pm
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Post Re: Lions sign another YouTube Sensation...
It's one week... and it's a practice squad spot, so i don't think it's a big deal.


December 26th, 2013, 7:17 pm
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they are just trying to give him a longer look and see what he might be like if he s in the offseason program


December 26th, 2013, 7:57 pm
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It concerns me that Jim Schwartz still cares

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December 26th, 2013, 8:00 pm
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Killwill25 wrote:
It concerns me that Jim Schwartz still cares


Schwartz has nothing to do with the roster past who's available each week.


December 27th, 2013, 2:01 am
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Post Re: Lions sign another YouTube Sensation...
what is this guy supposed to be anyway? Punt/Kick returner? was he any good at the college where he played football?


December 28th, 2013, 12:56 am
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and what happened to the sensation that we had who was doing so well for us?

I'd say check him out as a slot receiver.... And what does this say about Broyles?

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December 28th, 2013, 5:45 pm
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Well it will be an interesting camp story if nothing else. At least he comes from a sport with a physical background unlike a lot of these guys who made it in the NFL: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2314 ... in-the-nfl

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December 30th, 2013, 2:31 pm
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He's in the same set as Trindon Holiday in Denver, and the rugby background proves he can take a hit hence the appeal. It will be interesting to see if he sticks around and what he can do on the field.


December 30th, 2013, 4:40 pm
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Post Re: Lions sign another YouTube Sensation...
Speaking of YouTube sensations, I wonder how Havard Rugland is getting along and whether he'd be a good candidate for the Lions Kicker position.


December 30th, 2013, 7:27 pm
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Growler wrote:
Speaking of YouTube sensations, I wonder how Havard Rugland is getting along and whether he'd be a good candidate for the Lions Kicker position.


I actually expect the Lions to sign him again as soon as they are allowed to.


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