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Kellen Moore improving, still no lock to make roster


Lions quarterback Kellen Moore has a clear shot to the Lions third quarterback job.

Now he just has to wait to see if they think he makes it worth keeping three.

When the Lions released quarterback R.J. Archer, it left Moore as the only one left behind starter Matt Stafford and backup Shaun Hill.

Despite early struggles that made it clear he had an uphill battle, the undrafted rookie from Boise State is starting to impress coaches more.

“He adapts very quickly,” Lions coach Jim Schwartz said, via Anwar Richardson of “I think you saw improvement from him from (preseason) game one to game two. He needs to stay on that same path. He’s worked with receivers. You see his timing and things like that.

“He just is more comfortable with receivers that he’s with. It’s tough when you’re a third quarterback in camp and there’s 90 guys because you’re generally throwing to different guys all the time. He’s starting to get into a little bit of rhythm.”

After his disastrous opener, he was 10-of-15 for 96 yards against Baltimore. That’s better, but his preseason passer rating is 47.5, the kind of number you could pull someone off the street and achieve.

The Lions might want to keep him around, but they could probably stash him on the practice squad without much danger of losing him, opening a roster spot for someone who might contribute.

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23 Responses to “Kellen Moore improving, still no lock to make roster”
  1. donterrelli says: Aug 24, 2012 11:46 AM

    He was a Heismann Trophy finalist behind Cam Newton, too.

  2. canjura says: Aug 24, 2012 11:54 AM

    3rd or 4th best QB out of this year’s class. I STILL dont understand how he went undrafted.

  3. linedrivehit says: Aug 24, 2012 12:02 PM

    He’s not going against teams like New Mexico State every week anymore.

  4. urshgur says: Aug 24, 2012 12:06 PM

    If put on the practice squad, he’ll be snapped up by some smart team like Green Bay – bad idea.

  5. nghtrder169 says: Aug 24, 2012 12:14 PM

    He should just go to the Arena League and call it a day

  6. snoilog says: Aug 24, 2012 12:14 PM

    canjura says:
    Aug 24, 2012 11:54 AM
    3rd or 4th best QB out of this year’s class. I STILL dont understand how he went undrafted.——————————————————————

    He’s only 4 feet tall

  7. kriswd40 says: Aug 24, 2012 12:17 PM

    Disastrous opener? Kellen Moore can only throw the ball to the receivers, he can’t make them catch. It’s not his fault if the third string players have stone hands.

    He obviously does not have a strong arm though and that will make life in the NFL tough. He has good anticipation though and surely will improve more as his timing with receivers improve.

  8. lks311 says: Aug 24, 2012 12:46 PM

    urshgur says:Aug 24, 2012 12:06 PM

    If put on the practice squad, he’ll be snapped up by some smart team like Green Bay – bad idea.

    Then, by all means, have at him Grenn Bay. I’ve seen the kid play and he’s no great shakes. If the Packers want to burn a roster spot on him, then that would be good news for the Lions, Bears and Viki…okay for the Lions and Bears.

  9. matthewcarlson1 says: Aug 24, 2012 12:47 PM

    All he does is win.

  10. fmwarner says: Aug 24, 2012 1:00 PM

    matthewcarlson1 says: Aug 24, 2012 12:47 PM

    All he does is win.

    That’s a platitude that doesn’t really mean anything. JaMarcus Russell was 25-4 and won a national championship in college. All he did was win.

  11. m2karateman says: Aug 24, 2012 1:09 PM

    Kellen Moore is a good kid, but he isn’t even six foot, and he can’t throw some of the necessary routes with any zip on the ball. If you watched either of the Lions games, you can see the ball floating on him and just begging to be snatched by a defender.

    He’s smart and doesn’t throw the ball foolishly, he just doesn’t have the arm to drill the ball when he has to. NFL QBs need that option at their disposal.

    If the Lions waive him with the intention of putting him on the PS, and a team like GB takes him, it’s certainly not the end of the world for Detroit. Plenty of guys available to hold a clipboard.

  12. mintberrycrunch1 says: Aug 24, 2012 1:09 PM

    I don’t think he’s shown enough so far to beat out a guy like everette brown, whose looked good in the wide 9, for the last roster spot, but at the same time i feel if we put him on PS someone will pick him up. :/

  13. realitypolice says: Aug 24, 2012 1:12 PM

    Why doesn’t anyone ever say “all he does is win” to cover up terrible play when it comes to anyone other than Qbs?

    “All he did” was choose to go to school with a football team that wins every year with him or without him.

    Jake Locker’s team at Washington was 0-11 one year. Would you rather have Moore than Locker?

    For that matter, Troy Aikman and Peyton Manning each went 1-15 in their rookie years. Is Moore better than them?

  14. nickmiller63 says: Aug 24, 2012 1:29 PM

    You can’t pull someone off the street and expect a 47 QB rating.

  15. grndizzle says: Aug 24, 2012 1:34 PM

    I’m still laughing at all the people that were outraged that Russell Wilson was drafted, and this guy wasn’t.

    If Stafford wasn’t so injury prone, they’d probably run with 2 QB’s, and just cut him.

  16. steveb9995 says: Aug 24, 2012 1:53 PM

    Why do so many people seem to think that the smurf-like Moore, with his noodle arm, is ready for prime time in the NFL? The guy has a lot of work to do before he’d even make a good backup, much less a starter. Remember Doug Flutie, another undersized QB? It took him years to break into the NFL.

  17. johnnycash19 says: Aug 24, 2012 2:07 PM

    Kellen Moore-Proving doubters wrong his whole life!

    Moore is a great player. Does he have a ton of arm strength? No. His “thing” as a QB is short to intermediate quick anticipation type of passes. How can you get the timing down with your receivers if you’re throwing to 5 different people who are going to get cut in a week. Let’s see what he would do with a Titus Young or Nate Burleson, instead of a Lance Long and Jarrett Dillard.

  18. eventhorizon04 says: Aug 24, 2012 2:29 PM

    “3rd or 4th best QB out of this year’s class. I STILL dont understand how he went undrafted.”

    So normally, you would say that if he was doing very well in preseason.

    However, I can easily name 6 rookie QB’s who have played significantly better than this guy in this pre-season – and yes, 3 of them have been running their team’s second- and third-string offenses when they did it.

    Here’s Kellen Moore in a nutshell: He’s a good guy and a smart QB. He looked amazing as a long-time starting QB who faced defenses full of guys who have **no shot** of ever playing in the NFL.

    To the people are confused as to why NFL scouts didn’t fall in love with him – watch how he struggles to make throws against practice-squad level DBs. Those practice-squad level DBs are better than the ones he had to deal with in college.

  19. purpleguy says: Aug 24, 2012 3:08 PM

    Is this really that big of a deal? Isn’t Hill the second string guy anyway?

  20. whatchutalkinabouthillis says: Aug 24, 2012 3:19 PM

    Kellen Moore deserves a shot at least as a 3rd QB. His history says he should get at least a shot.

  21. sippindasyzurp says: Aug 24, 2012 3:19 PM

    I hear the CFL calling, come up to Winnipeg!

  22. funktron2x says: Aug 24, 2012 4:42 PM


    For the eleventy-billionth time: Stafford is not injury prone.

  23. iamevan13 says: Aug 27, 2012 11:38 AM

    Oh my, mister smarty pants up above pulled out the “he played new mexico” card. whoa. this is implying that people that play in the wac or mwc cant make it at qb. going by recent affiliation, 6 super bowl wins come from teams recently in there. terry bradshaw with 4, jim mcmahon with 1 and steve young with 1. hmm 2 are in the hall of fame as well. hmm maybe you don’t have to play michigan or alabama to have talent… mister moore did help kick the snot out of georgia, oregon twice, and va tech though. i said it before and i’ll say it again, he simply needs time to build timing. if he gets that, it will all go fine.

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