General manager Martin Mayhew said Monday the Lions would have their new practice squad quarterback in place Tuesday, and it turns out the team found someone from coach Jim Caldwell's alma mater.
Former Iowa quarterback Ricky Stanzi will join the Lions' practice squad, effectively making him the third option behind starter Matthew Stafford and Dan Orlovsky if injuries strike. The National Football Post first reported the deal.
The 28-year-old Stanzi was a fifth-round pick by the Chiefs in 2011. After two years in Kansas City, he spent time with the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2013 and 2014, and was briefly with the Houston Texans' practice squad last year.
Stanzi spent the offseason with the New York Giants before being among their final cuts.
Although he's entering his fifth year in the NFL, the 6-foot-4, 228-pound Stanzi has yet to appear in a regular-season game, which made him eligible for the practice squad.
Stanzi threw a pass in just one exhibition this year for the Giants, but in 2014 with the Jaguars, he was 17-of-28 for 159 yards with no touchdowns and two interceptions in three preseason appearances.
The Lions also signed wide receiver Saalim Hakim to the practice squad and now have all 10 spots filled. Hakim, the younger brother of former Lions receiver Az-Zahir Hakim, spent the last two years with the New York Jets, 2012 with the New Orleans Saints and has some experience returning kickoffs.