DETROIT Kellen Moore, whos vying for a spot as the Lions third quarterback, had a rough outing in his NFL preseason debut in Fridays 19-17 loss to the Browns.
Moore, who led Boise State to a 50-3 record in four seasons as starter, completed just four of 14 passes for 40 yards and finished with a woeful quarterback rating of 9.8. He played the Lions final seven offensive series, led the offense to just three points and was intercepted on his final attempt.
He got hit way too often, Lions coach Jim Schwartz said. We didnt give him a chance back there. Every time he dropped back to throw he was getting hit. We did a poor job of protecting him.
Moore had two passes dropped, one each by Wallace Miles and Terrence Toliver, and he barely got two more off, one because right tackle Corey Hilliard stepped on his foot and another when a Browns defender corralled him by the arm.
But the left-hander also was his own worst enemy at times. He replaced Shaun Hill with a minute left in the first half and fired his first attempt low to Nathan Overbay, and in the second half he missed passes behind his receiver and by not putting enough arm into the ball.
On the TV replay, Moore appeared to be under duress on five of his 14 attempts, including his heave-ho interception and one bootleg completion.
The Lions are set with Matthew Stafford and Shaun Hill as their top two quarterbacks and must decide whether to keep Moore or R.J. Archer as a third quarterback or possibly on the practice squad.
Archer did not play Friday.