Ryan Spadola

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Ryan Spadola
No. 18 Detroit Lions
Position: Wide receiver
Personal information
Date of birth: (1991-02-15) February 15, 1991 (age 25)
Place of birth: Howell Township, New Jersey
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight: 205 lb (93 kg)
Career information
High school: Freehold Township (NJ)
College: Lehigh
Undrafted: 2013
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career NFL statistics as of Week 9, 2013
Receptions: 0
Receiving yards: 0
Receiving TDs: 0
Player stats at NFL.com

Ryan Spadola (born February 15, 1991) is an American football wide receiver who is currently a free agent. Spadola was signed by the New York Jets as an undrafted free agent in 2013. He played college football at Lehigh.

Early years[edit]

Spadola was a member of the Super 100 Athletes in New Jersey.[1] Spadola grew up in Howell Township, New Jersey and attended Freehold Township High School, graduating from the school in 2009.[2] He was among the players in the Top 170 in the country and was a member of the All-Shore Team while at high school.[1]

College career[edit]

Spadola played college football at Lehigh. He caught his first collegiate reception for 16 yards against Holy Cross.[1]

Professional career[edit]

Pre-draft[edit]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
6 ft 1 in 204 lb 30 3/4 in 9 3/4 in 4.48 s 4.07 s 6.72 s 33.5 in 119 ft 0 in 15 reps
All values from the NFL Combine [3]

New York Jets[edit]

Spadola was signed by the New York Jets on April 27, 2013 following the conclusion of the 2013 NFL Draft.[4] In a preseason game on August 24, 2013, Spadola had three catches for 110 yards and one touchdown. He also had a seventy yard reception which led to the Jets' game winning field goal. Spadola was released on October 5, 2013.[5]

Miami Dolphins[edit]

The Jets wanted to re-sign Spadola however, he opted to sign to the Miami Dolphins' practice squad on October 8, 2013.[6] He was promoted to the active roster on October 31, 2013.[7] The Dolphins released Spadola on August 26, 2014.[8]

Atlanta Falcons[edit]

He was signed to the Atlanta Falcons' practice squad on October 9, 2014. On November 25, 2014, Spadola was waived and replaced on the practice squad by Freddie Martino.[9]

Arizona Cardinals[edit]

On December 2, 2014, he was signed by the Arizona Cardinals to their practice squad. On August 31, 2015, he was waived by the Cardinals.[10]

Detroit Lions[edit]

On October 20, 2015 he was signed by the Detroit Lions to their practice squad.[11] On January 4, 2016, Spadola signed a futures contract with the Detroit Lions.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Lehigh Profile". lehighsports.com. 
  2. ^ Slater, Darryl. "Jets wide receiver Ryan Spadola realizes NFL dream seven years after his father's suicide changed his life", NJ Advance Media for NJ.com, August 31, 2013. Accessed May 26, 2016. "And he made the Jets, whose games Donald and Ryan attended together, driving 50 miles north from their home in Howell. ... Then Donald left the dream behind. He committed suicide on Nov. 29, 2006, during Ryan’s sophomore year at Freehold Township High School"
  3. ^ Ryan Spadola NFL Combine profile
  4. ^ Lange, Randy (29 April 2013). "Snapshots of the 15 Undrafted Free Agents". New York Jets. Archived from the original on 29 April 2013. Retrieved 29 April 2013. 
  5. ^ Lange, Randy (5 October 2013). "Mike Goodson, Michael Campbell to Active Roster". New York Jets. Archived from the original on 5 October 2013. Retrieved 5 October 2013. 
  6. ^ Martin, Kimberley (9 October 2013). "Ryan Spadola signed to Dolphins practice squad". Newsday. Archived from the original on 10 October 2013. Retrieved 10 October 2013. 
  7. ^ Abramson, Andrew (31 October 2013). "Miami Dolphins promote receiver Ryan Spadola to active roster, rule out tackle Jonathan Martin who went AWOL". Newsday. Archived from the original on 2 November 2013. Retrieved 2 November 2013. 
  8. ^ [1]
  9. ^ "Ryan Spadola". kffl.com. Archived from the original on December 4, 2014. Retrieved November 25, 2014. 
  10. ^ Urban, Darren (August 31, 2015). "Lorenzo Alexander, Dave Zastudil Among Cuts". AZCardinals.com. Retrieved September 2, 2015. 
  11. ^ Birkett, Dave (October 20, 2015). "Lions' Joique Bell says return to the field is near". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved October 21, 2015. 
  12. ^ "Lions sign 5 practice squad players to contracts". Detroit News. Retrieved 2016-01-18. 

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