DETROIT The Lions have kept three quarterbacks in each of Martin Mayhews four seasons as general manager, and if they do so again this year, Kellen Moore will return as Matthew Stafford and Shaun Hills backup.
Visiting scouts insist Moores arm, a concern that contributed to his going undrafted out of Boise State last year, has improved some, and Moore said earlier this month hes more relaxed and confident in his decisions.
In Thursdays 40-9 exhibition win over the New England Patriots, Moore played his best half of football as a Lions player.
Playing with the second-team offense, Moore completed 9-of-12 passes for 150 yards and led three scoring drives in as many possessions.
He threw touchdown passes of 22 yards to Joseph Fauria and 15 yards to Micheal Spurlock, and was 5-for-5 on third downs.
I think Kellens been very good in camp, Lions coach Jim Schwartz said. Hes moved the offense, hes made good decisions, hes thrown the ball very well. I think youre just seeing an extension of that. Probably his most extensive playtime (came Thursday), and did a good job of leading us and getting some passes in there. But weve been seeing that from him all training camp.
The Lions still have some roster decisions to make before Saturdays final cut to 53 players.
They have enough injury concerns (Montell Owens and Michael Williams went down Thursday) and position battles (at cornerback and safety, where they might need to keep an extra player as insurance for Louis Delmas) that keeping two quarterbacks to free up an extra roster spot might be ideal.
But Moores recent play, and the security of having a third quarterback with Hill nursing an injury, could make that tough to do.
Kellen played great, Stafford said. I thought the (offensive) line did a great job of keeping him upright. He spun it great, just like hes been doing all camp, and you get that running game going, those windows open up in the pass game and he was right on. I was happy for him.