Comfortable Kellen Moore makes Lions’ cut

Former Boise State QBwill be Detroit’s third-stringer for his second NFL season.

ccripe@idahostatesman.comSeptember 1, 2013 

Kellen Moore tossed four TD passes in his last two preseason games.

Kellen Moore’s improved comfort level in NFL games led to a less stressful roster cutdown Saturday.

Moore made the Lions’ 53-man roster as the No. 3 quarterback for the second straight season. He will serve behind star Matthew Stafford and veteran backup Shaun Hill.

“I felt like I made a lot of positive progress,” Moore said. “I felt a lot better than last year (about the cuts), but you never know in the NFL.”

Moore was 30-of-48 (62.5 percent) for 301 yards and four TDs with one interception (99.4 rating) this preseason. He was 41-of-78 (52.6 percent) for 434 yards and one TD with two interceptions last preseason (62.7 rating).

He said he is much more comfortable in the offense this year.

“That’s the biggest thing,” he said. “It’s year two. You kind of know what to expect, you know the offense, you’re much more confident in what you do. You’re able to go out and operate and take care of all the details that add up to having a lot better camp and a lot better preseason.”

Detroit media members have reported that Moore’s arm seems stronger. He said he’s added a little strength.

“More importantly, it’s getting a little more comfortable,” he said. “You throw with confidence because you know where you’re supposed to be going. You do that, usually things come out a little nicer.”

Moore likely won’t play in a game again this year and rarely gets a snap with the offense in practice. The starter takes nearly all of the practice snaps in the NFL.

He will work with the scout-team offense and throw before or after practice to keep his skills sharp. The quarterbacks coach helps him during those extra sessions.

“You’ve just got to find ways to continue to progress,” Moore said. “We’re always getting something out of every day.”

Moore spent his summer working out in Boise and plans to do that in the future. But he also enjoys his situation in Detroit.

“It’s a really good group of guys that we work with,” he said. “It’s a lot of fun. We’ve got a really good group of quarterbacks — Matthew is one of the best. He has tremendous ability. Shaun’s a guy, a 12-year vet who came in undrafted. He’s one you can look up to as someone who took a similar path and found a lot of success with it.”

Chadd Cripe: 377-6398, Twitter: @IDS_BroncoBeat

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