One day after claiming ex-Browns passer Thaddeus Lewis on waivers, the Lions waived undrafted rookie quarterback Alex Carder, who played collegiately at Western Michigan. The roster move was disclosed in the NFL’s Wednesday transactions.
The departure of Carder leaves Lewis and second-year Kellen Moore essentially competing for one spot if Detroit keeps a third quarterback behind Matthew Stafford and Shaun Hill.
The Lions are again down to four quarterbacks — the same number of passers the vast majority of NFL teams carry, according to Ourlads.com depth charts. Only two clubs — the Jets and Eagles — have five passers, per Ourlads. Even in the offseason, there are only so many practice snaps for NFL teams to divide among their quarterbacks.