UPDATE: Kellen Moore was 9-for-17 for 67 yards and an interception in the Lions’ preseason opener.
For most of the NFL, it’s the preseason.
For former Boise State quarterback Kellen Moore, the real season begins Thursday night.
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And this year, he’s considered a contender to win the backup job for the Detroit Lions. Moore has spent three years as the No. 3 QB in Detroit.
He’s competing with Dan Orlovsky, who was the backup last year. Moore took the second-team snaps in Tuesday’s practice.
Lions offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi, like a string of coaches before him, cites Moore’s intangible playmaking ability as the reason he has stuck in the NFL.
“He’s a guy that, if you come out here in shorts and you watch him, you kind of wonder what’s going on,’’ Lombardi told The Oakland Press. “But when you get into real football, good things seem to happen. He was 50-3 as a college player (at Boise State). Kellen is a great problem solver, if that makes sense. When a play is happening, if things aren’t the way it’s drawn up, he finds a way to get out of trouble. So it’s a lot of the same stuff you saw last year, which is all good.”
Moore is expected to play extensively in Thursday’s preseason opener at home against the New York Jets.
Reports out of Detroit have indicated that the backup QBs and second-team offense have struggled in camp.
But last week, Moore got a chance to work with the starters and tossed a TD pass to star receiver Calvin Johnson.
Moore has a history of summer success. He led Lions quarterbacks last preseason in passing yards (361), yards per attempt (7.1), touchdowns (three) and rating (108.4). He did not throw an interception and completed 35 of 51 passes.
He also played well during the 2013 preseason (99.4 rating, four TDs).
The Lions’ other preseason games: Aug. 20 at Washington, Aug. 28 at Jacksonville (6 p.m., CBS) and Sept. 3 vs. Buffalo.
Also in action Thursday:
Saints (CB Kyle Wilson) at Ravens
Redskins (S Jeron Johnson) at Browns (DL Billy Winn)
Dolphins (CB Jamar Taylor and RB Jay Ajayi) at Bears (LB Shea McClellin and OL Charles Leno Jr.)
Cowboys (CB Orlando Scandrick, DL Tyrone Crawford and DL DeMarcus Lawrence) at Chargers (WR Austin Pettis)
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Moore is one of 18 former Boise State players in NFL training camps. The full list is available here.
We’ll check in on each of the guys throughout the month of August.
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