Is this year the year for Kellen Moore to win backup QB battle?

In life, it is possible to really like someone, like who they are and what they stand for, yet still constantly search for something better.

This perfectly sums up the Detroit Lions and their love affair with former Boise State standout Kellen Moore.

Last week, the Lions signed second-year quarterback Garrett Gilbert. Gilbert had recently been waived by the New England Patriots and was initially a sixth-round pick of the St. Louis Rams.

Where that leaves Moore is anyone’s guess. For the last three years, Moore has repeatedly fought off other quarterbacks to maintain a strong hold on the third-string quarterback position for the Lions. [JasonAD]

Teams rarely keep three quarterbacks on their rosters these days so the mere fact must mean the Lions coaching staff sees something valuable in Moore. In fact, in the Lions OTA practices a few weeks ago, Moore was taking the majority of reps with the second string offense.

Kellen Moore has constantly put up strong numbers in preseason games yet hasn’t seen any action in the regular season, let alone suit up in very many.

Moore’s pedigree is well-known and he seems to be well-liked among the Detroit coaching staff. The intangibles of intelligence, knowledge of the game, and football smarts should be enough to land Moore the right to backup Matthew Stafford.

People point to his size and lack of  mobility as reasons that Moore hasn’t set foot on the field. True, I’ll give them that. Give him a solid offensive line and Moore has the football I.Q., footwork, and quick release to be able to thrive in the role of backup quarterback.

As it is, the Detroit Lions just completed their second day of mandatory minicamp. Moore split time with Dan Orlovsky on second team reps so it appears that this may be the year Moore gets his shot. With Gilbert new to the team it’s hard to tell exactly where he’ll fit in during this minicamp.

Will Moore ever be a starter in the NFL? Probably not but Moore owes it to himself to keep the dream alive. Given the opportunity to thrive, learn, and earn money doing what he loves is the dream. Yes, Moore is competitive and probably wants to play on a regular basis but I’m sure he realizes this valuable experience will help in his future endeavors.

At this point, Moore has proven enough to the Lions to be seriously considered for the backup quarterback position. In the NFL, this is a very important position and decisions on a backup quarterback don’t come lightly. After three years with the team, Moore has earned the right to be handed the backup keys to the quarterback kingdom.

As he enters his fourth year, it can be assumed Moore will keep pursuing his NFL dream as long as he can. Whether as a backup or third-stringer, he can keep earning a decent salary in the NFL (without the physical toll), knowing full well that the clipboard and whistle will be waiting for him when he finally leaves his cleats on the field for the final time.

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About Jason Haskins

Jason is a 2001 graduate of Boise State and has been an avid fan of Boise State Athletics since the late 90's. Originally from Spring Creek, NV, Jason grew up a fan of the Fred Gatlin era Nevada Wolf Pack, but immediately switched his allegiances while attending school at Boise State. He hasn't looked back since and remains a loyal supporter of Boise State. For more: jason-haskins.com

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