The Detroit Lions claimed Marcus McCauley off waivers after the cornerback was waived by the Vikings in their final roster cutdown on Saturday, according to the Detroit News. The News cited league sources in its report.
McCauley, a third-round pick by the Vikings in 2007, started 10 games over the past two seasons. However, nine of those starts came in his rookie season when he was active for all 16 games and spent the first part of the year playing in the Vikings’ nickel defense. Last season, McCauley was active for only 10 games in 2009 and had four tackles.
The News speculates that McCauley’s man-to-man coverage skills might be better suited for the Lions’ scheme. The Vikings play a version of the Tampa-2, although it does include some man coverages.