Former EIU WR Erik Lora signs with Jacksonville

Blake Nash, Staff Reporter

Former Eastern Illinois wide receiver Erik Lora signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars on Monday, almost two months after being cut by the Detroit Lions, following offseason training activities. Lora, a Florida native, attended Christopher Columbus High School in Miami, where he spent last fall helping with football operations.

Lora finished his Eastern career in 2013 with 332 receptions, 4,016 receiving yards and 35 touchdowns in 48 games with the Panthers. He caught 19 touchdowns in 2013, which is the most in Ohio Valley Conference history.

Lora also set the Football Championship Subdivision’s single season receptions record in 2012, with 136 catches.

Lora was signed by the Minnesota Vikings as a free agent in 2014 to begin his career after not getting selected in the 2014 NFL Draft.

He was named a Consensus First Team All-American in both 2012 and 2013. He finished fourth in the Walter Payton Award voting in 2013, which was won by former Eastern quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo.

Former Eastern wide receiver Adam Drake cut by Kansas City

Former receiver Adam Drake had previously signed with the New Orleans Saints and New England Patriots, after not being drafted last spring. He also signed with the Kansas City Chiefs but was cut by the team Aug. 17.

Drake earned first team All-OVC honors last year, after catching 93 passes for 1,321 yards and 12 touchdowns. He also led the FCS in receiving yards and earned second team All-American honors.

Blake Nash can be reached at 581-2812 or [email protected]