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Broncos in the NFL: Kellen Moore tosses game-winning TD pass for Lions

UPDATE: Former Boise State quarterback Kellen Moore tossed a 21-yard touchdown pass to Corey Fuller with 1 minute, 5 seconds left to give the Detroit Lions a 13-12 win over the Cleveland Browns in an NFL preseason game Saturday night in Detroit.

The drive was helped by three defensive holding penalties, including one on an interception. The last three plays were completions of 3, 11 and 21 yards.

Moore was 11-for-13 for 121 yards and a touchdown in the game, entering late in the third quarter. He is the Lions' No. 3 quarterback. He had a strong preseason last year.

The Lions next play Friday night at Oakland.

In the past two preseasons, Moore is a combined 41-for-61 for 422 yards and five touchdowns with one interception. That's good for a QB rating of 107.41, which is an elite number in the NFL (done against backups, yes).

Here are some notes and quotes from Detroit media. There are some links below:

— Moore: “It’s just fun to get out there and play. It’s been awhile. Been almost a year. Anytime you get to play it’s fun and obviously a lot of guys took advantage of some opportunities and made some plays.”

— Coach Jim Caldwell said he might give Moore better reps in the future. Backup Dan Orlovsky was 12-for-23 for 89 yards. “It’s something we’ll look at and just see,” Caldwell said. “He functioned pretty well, I think, in the situation that he was in. I think Dan (Orlovsky) did some decent things too. There were a couple situations where they didn’t catch the ball for him so it looks like he maybe didn’t move the ball as well as he was capable. But, I think there were some extenuating circumstances there too. Both guys are smart guys that you can see they understand the offense and function within it fairly well.”

— Moore on where he stands: “No idea. Dan’s been doing this for a long time. He’s had a lot of success in this league. He’s a guy I continue to learn from. It’s awesome to have him here. I think I learned early enough not to worry about it. Whatever happens, happens.”

— Starting QB Matthew Stafford, to the Detroit News, on Moore: "He's cool as a cucumber. ... He's made plays like that his entire life."

Stories on Moore’s big night:

Moore steals show

Moore to the rescue

Former teammate on Moore

Note: Each day during camp, we’ll take a look at one of the former Boise State football players in the NFL. The full list is here.

We’re going for the “Broncos in the NFL” daily double today. I wrote a post on Geraldo Boldewijn earlier today (link below).

This could be a big week for former Boise State quarterback Kellen Moore, who is trying to convince a new Detroit Lions coaching staff to do what the old one did — keep him as a No. 3 quarterback.

Some NFL teams only keep two active quarterbacks. The Lions could put a third quarterback on the practice squad, but Moore is not eligible for that. He has been on the active roster for two years.

Moore likely will play extensively Saturday against the Cleveland Browns (5:30 p.m., NFL Network). He’s behind starter Matthew Stafford and new backup Dan Orlovsky (a nine-year veteran) but ahead of Missouri undrafted rookie James Franklin, who has barely gotten snaps in practice.

It’s also possible Moore could outplay Orlovsky in the preseason and earn the backup job. Moore played well in the preseason last year, completing 30 of 48 passes for 301 yards and four touchdowns with one interception.

Moore knows he has to capitalize on limited opportunities in camp.

“Just taking advantage of the reps,” Moore told MLive.com. “During the season you don’t get a ton. Now it’s back to getting more in the offseason, and trying to get comfortable with everything.

“The biggest thing is getting comfortable and not making the same mistake twice. When I get opportunities in the preseason games, take advantage.”

Coach Jim Caldwell told MLive it’s too early to know whether he will keep a third quarterback.

"At this point we're a long way away from really getting to (where we decide whether to keep three quarterbacks)," coach Jim Caldwell said before Wednesday's practice. "It's always something that we're looking at constantly, just in terms of what we're going to do with our personnel. If you start making plans this far away, oftentimes you find that you have to recalculate it anyways."

Here is an update on Tyrone Crawford. You can watch him at 8:30 p.m. today on NFL Network against the Chargers.

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