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8/31/2014

Detroit Lions — Kellen Moore sticks around, Boise State fans thriilled


Kellen Moore is huge in Idaho. 

Probably it has something to do with the quarterback’s 50-3 record at Boise State as a starter from 2008-2011. 

So you can imagine a good part of Idaho, heaved a sigh of relief on Saturday when the Detroit Lions kept three quarterbacks on the 53-man roster including Moore. 

How do we know? Boise State fans are quite vocal on Twitter and have been since Moore arrived in Detroit

It was not a given that Moore would remain on the roster. While coach Jim Caldwell has kept three quarterbacks in the past, there were so many questions at different positions that there was no absolute answer. Caldwell had said it would depend on numbers at other positions.

But the way Moore played in the four preseason games would have made it very difficult to cut him.

Moore out-performed Dan Orlovsky in the preseason. Yet Moore has never taken a snap in a regular season NFL game. Orlovsky is entering his 10th season.

Moore, a coach’s kid, seems to have a good grasp of the new offense. It would have been interesting — especially in the final preseason game — to see going against a starting defense.

He doesn’t have the arm of Matthew Stafford, but not many do.

Stafford has said Moore is as cool as a cucumber and always knows where to go with the ball.

He wasn’t the product of a system at Boise State like, for instance, Johnny Manziel at Texas A&M. Moore was the real deal for the Broncos. Yet, he went undrafted in 2012. The Lions signed him as a free agent immediately after that draft.

It will be interesting to see if he stays as the No. 3 quarterback or whether he’s active in the regular season opener as the No. 2.

 Lions’ fans have started to see what Boise State fans have known for years.

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1 Comments:

Blogger Klean Slate said...

I am a long time Kellen Moore fan who has been following the Lions since he was picked up. I'm not quite as thrilled that he was signed as I might have been if Coach Caldwell had shown some appreciation of Moores unique talents of offered him some higher quality reps after game one. Perhaps if the coaching staff spent half the time studying their available talent that Moore spends studying his and his opponents film, they could have saved $800k by realizing they already had probably the smartest backup in the league.
I hate to see Moore languishing in street shoes for another season of Sundays, when he could be bringing real value to a team that recognizes his talent.
To those who believe he's not tall enough or strong enough or mobile enough to play in the NFL, watch his film from college and the last 3 years of preseason.
Always cool, never shaken, and one of the quickest releases in the game. Its the brain that makes Moore the most dangerous man on the field.

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