Former Boise State quarterback Kellen Moore capitalized on his chance to show the NFL that he belongs on a 53-man roster Thursday night.
Moore, who played most of the last three quarters of the Detroit Lions’ final preseason game, was 17-for-28 for 172 yards and two touchdowns. The Lions beat the Buffalo Bills 23-0.
Moore led four scoring drives.
“He has composure, and he has moxie,” coach Jim Caldwell said, according to the Detroit News. “He’s got a good touch on the ball, he’s got a good feel for things. I thought he performed well.”
Moore’s second touchdown was a 25-yard pass to wide receiver Corey Fuller. They had differing takes on the play, according to the Detroit News.
Moore: “That’s all on Corey. Awesome route, a really good job. I threw a crappy ball, and he made a good catch.”
Fuller: “Kellen needled the ball right through the defense, and all I had to do was get right underneath. I give it all to Kellen.”
Moore was 35-for-51 for 361 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions this preseason for a rating of 108.4. He led the Lions in passing yards (361), yards per attempt (7.1), touchdowns and rating.
Backup Dan Orlovsky had zero touchdown passes and an 80.7 rating on 57 attempts.
The Lions must cut to 53 players by 2 p.m. Saturday. If they want to put Moore on their practice squad, he will be available for any team to sign. Moore was on the 53-man roster the past two years but Caldwell’s history indicates he might only keep two quarterbacks.
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