Detroit Lions Sign Former Bryant WR Tom Kennedy To Practice Squad

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Bryant University Press Release

ALLEN PARK, Mich. – Bryant University football and men’s lacrosse alumnus Tom Kennedy has been signed to the Detroit Lions’ practice squad in advance of the Lions’ Week 1 contest, the team announced Sunday.

Kennedy is the first player in Bryant’s program history to be named to an NFL regular season practice squad. The native of Farmingdale, New York, recorded five catches for 76 yards in preseason action and was a presence in Detroit’s return game, collecting 72 yards on six punt returns and 40 yards on two kick returns.

In his time in Smithfield, Kennedy played two seasons for the Bryant football team, appearing in 18 games. The Long Island native had his most productive season on the gridiron in 2017, hauling in 57 catches for 888 yards and nine touchdowns. Kennedy was a first-team All-NEC honoree in 2017 and earned accolades for his efforts in the classroom as a CoSIDA Academic All-District and FCS ADA Academic All-Star Team selection.

Kennedy made 33 catches for 410 yards and a touchdown over seven games as a graduate student in 2018 after missing the first four contests of the season due to injury.

The NFL contract is not the first professional foray for Kennedy. A three-time All-NEC selection in men’s lacrosse in a four-year career in Black & Gold, Kennedy was drafted in the third round of the 2018 Major League Lacrosse Collegiate Draft by the Boston Cannons and appeared in six games for Boston.

The Bryant University football team returns to action Saturday, Sept. 7, when the Bulldogs travel to CAA member Albany at 7 p.m.