Dan Skipper

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Dan Skipper
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No. 70 – Detroit Lions
Position:Offensive tackle / guard
Personal information
Born: (1994-09-20) September 20, 1994 (age 29)
Arvada, Colorado, U.S.
Height:6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)
Weight:326 lb (148 kg)
Career information
High school:Ralston Valley (Arvada, Colorado)
College:Arkansas
Undrafted:2017
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status:Practice squad
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2022
Games played:28
Games started:5
Player stats at NFL.com · PFR

Dan Skipper (born September 20, 1994) is an American football offensive tackle for the Detroit Lions of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Arkansas.

High school career[edit]

Skipper was born in Arvada, Colorado, a suburb of Denver. He played football at Ralston Valley High School, where he earned 5A all-state recognition as a senior. During his senior season, he helped get Ralston Valley to the state semifinals. Skipper received numerous scholarship offers, ultimately choosing the University of Arkansas.[1]

College career[edit]

As a freshman, Skipper played in all twelve of the Razorbacks' games, starting eight. He blocked three field goal attempts,[2] a school single-season record. He was named a Consensus All-American. As a sophomore, Skipper started all 13 games of the season and earned an Associated Press All-SEC honorable mention. As a junior, he started all 13 games and was named to ESPN's All-SEC team. As a senior, he made the All-SEC team of ESPN, Phil Steele, Athlon Sports, Lindy's Sports, Sporting News, and the Coaches Poll.[3]

Professional career[edit]

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand span 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split 20-yard shuttle Three-cone drill Vertical jump Broad jump Bench press
6 ft 9+58 in
(2.07 m)
309 lb
(140 kg)
33+38 in
(0.85 m)
10+12 in
(0.27 m)
5.26 s 1.78 s 3.06 s 4.94 s 7.50 s 26.0 in
(0.66 m)
8 ft 1 in
(2.46 m)
19 reps
All values from NFL Combine/Pro Day[4][5][6]

Skipper went undrafted during the 2017 NFL Draft. It was speculated that he went undrafted due to a chronic blood condition that was discovered during prospect evaluations. After not receiving a contract as an undrafted free agent, Skipper received an invitation to attend the Dallas Cowboys' rookie mini camp as a tryout candidate.[7]

Dallas Cowboys[edit]

On May 16, 2017, the Dallas Cowboys signed Skipper as an undrafted free agent.[8]

Throughout training camp, he competed for a roster spot against Emmett Cleary, Clay DeBord, Ruben Carter, and Kadeem Edwards.[9] On September 2, 2017, he was waived by the Cowboys and was signed to the practice squad the next day.[10][11] He was released on September 20, 2017.[12]

Detroit Lions[edit]

On September 25, 2017, Skipper was signed to the Detroit Lions' practice squad.[13] He was promoted to the active roster on October 26, 2017.[14] On October 31, 2017, he was waived in order for the Lions to sign Don Barclay and was re-signed to the practice squad.[15] He signed a reserve/future contract with the Lions on January 1, 2018.[16]

On September 1, 2018, Skipper was waived by the Lions and was signed to the practice squad the next day.[17][18] He was released on September 5, 2018.[19]

Denver Broncos[edit]

On November 27, 2018, Skipper was signed to the Denver Broncos practice squad.[20]

New England Patriots[edit]

On January 8, 2019, Skipper was signed to the New England Patriots practice squad.[21] Skipper was a part of the Patriots Super Bowl LIII championship team when they defeated the Los Angeles Rams 13-3. He signed a reserve/future contract with the Patriots on February 5, 2019.[22] He was released during final roster cuts on August 31, 2019.[23] He was signed to the practice squad the next day.[24]

Houston Texans[edit]

On October 16, 2019, Skipper was signed by the Houston Texans off the Patriots practice squad.[25] He was waived on November 11, 2019.[26]

Detroit Lions (second stint)[edit]

On November 12, 2019, Skipper was claimed off waivers by the Detroit Lions.[27] He was waived on November 22 and re-signed to the practice squad. He was promoted to the active roster on December 14, 2019.[28]

Skipper was waived/injured by the Lions during final roster cuts on September 5, 2020,[29] and subsequently reverted to the team's injured reserve list the next day.[30] He was waived with an injury settlement on September 14.[31] He was re-signed to the Lions practice squad on October 21, 2020.[32] He was elevated to the active roster on November 14 and December 12 for the team's weeks 10 and 14 games against the Washington Football Team and Green Bay Packers, and reverted to the practice squad after each game.[33][34] On December 19, 2020, Skipper was promoted to the active roster.[35] For the team's week 17 game against the Minnesota Vikings, Skipper played 9 downs at defensive tackle.[36]

On August 30, 2021, Skipper was waived/injured by the Lions and placed on injured reserve. He was released on September 6, 2021.

Las Vegas Raiders[edit]

On October 13, 2021, Skipper was signed to the Las Vegas Raiders practice squad. He was released on November 3.[37]

Detroit Lions (third stint)[edit]

On November 19, 2021, Skipper was signed to the Detroit Lions' practice squad.[38] He signed a reserve/future contract with the Lions on January 10, 2022.[39]

On August 30, 2022, Skipper was released by the Lions and signed to the practice squad the next day.[40][41] This was an emotional moment for the HBO show, Hard Knocks, when Skipper asked "What could I have done different?". On September 18, 2022, in a Week 2 matchup versus the Washington Commanders, Skipper started at guard, a position he had not played since freshman year in college. In the locker room after the Lions' 36-27 win, head coach Dan Campbell recognized "Skip" for his performance, a video clip of which went viral.[42][43] He was signed to the active roster on October 1.[44]

Indianapolis Colts[edit]

On August 1, 2023, Skipper signed with the Indianapolis Colts.[45] He was released on August 29, 2023 and re-signed to the practice squad, but released several days later.[46][47][48]

Detroit Lions (fourth stint)[edit]

On September 20, 2023, Skipper was signed to the Detroit Lions practice squad.

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Former Razorback calls out Chad Morris after coach blames Arkansas woes on current roster". November 9, 2019.
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  5. ^ "2017 Draft Scout Dan Skipper, Arkansas NFL Draft Scout College Football Profile". draftscout.com. Retrieved October 6, 2022.
  6. ^ "Dan Skipper 2017 NFL Draft Profile". insider.espn.com. Retrieved October 6, 2022.
  7. ^ Kevin Casas (July 18, 2017). "No tall tale, 6-10 rookie Dan Skipper still hanging with Cowboys". star-telegram.com. Retrieved January 19, 2018.
  8. ^ Eatman, Nick (May 16, 2017). "Cowboys Waive 3 From Roster; Sign 2 Tryout Players; More Moves To Come". DallasCowboys.com. Archived from the original on February 11, 2018.
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  13. ^ "Lions sign T Dan Skipper to practice squad". DetroitLions.com. September 25, 2017. Archived from the original on September 27, 2017.
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  20. ^ Swanson, Ben (November 27, 2018). "Broncos promote Temarrick Hemingway to active roster, place Jeff Heuerman on injured reserve, sign three to practice squad". DenverBroncos.com.
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  22. ^ Kyed, Doug (February 5, 2019). "Patriots Sign Eight Of 10 Practice Squad Players To Future Contracts". NESN.com.
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  25. ^ "Texans sign 6-foot-10 OT Dan Skipper off Patriots' practice squad". Chron.com. October 16, 2019.
  26. ^ "Texans sign DE Joel Heath, waive T Dan Skipper". HoustonTexans.com. November 11, 2019.
  27. ^ "Lions awarded T Dan Skipper via waivers from Houston Texans". DetroitLions.com. November 12, 2019.
  28. ^ "Lions sign RB Wes Hills and T Dan Skipper to active roster from practice squad". DetroitLions.com. December 14, 2019.
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  44. ^ "Detroit Lions sign OL Dan Skipper, K Dominik Eberle, downgrade DJ Chark to OUT". Pride of Detroit. SB Nation. October 1, 2022.
  45. ^ "Colts sign OT Dan Skipper, waive OT Jordan Murray, TE Kaden Smith". Colts.com. Retrieved August 1, 2023.
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  48. ^ "Colts sign G Arlington Hambright to the practice squad, release T Dan Skipper from the practice squad". Colts.com. September 4, 2023.

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