Dan Orlovsky says Lions going with Jake Rudock as backup QB

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Dan Orlovsky has served as the backup quarterback to Matthew Stafford in Detroit for the last three seasons, but he won’t be back for a fourth year with the Lions.

That word came from Orlovsky himself during an interview with Ross Tucker on Sirius XM NFL Radio Thursday. Orlovsky is set to become a free agent next month and said that he will be moving on to another team.

“Lions let me know they’re going in a different direction with Jake Rudock as back-up to Matthew,” Orlovsky said.

Rudock was a sixth-round pick out of Michigan last year and spent most of the year on the practice squad before being added to the active roster in November. He didn’t see any regular season action.

Orlovsky didn’t play during the regular season either and last saw action in two games during the 2015 season. He’s started 12 games over the course of a career that stretches back to 2005 and will likely look for a team interested in adding an experienced backup this offseason.