The stats didn’t look great, but Lions coach Jim Caldwell said former Boise State quarterback Kellen Moore was ‘solid’ in Thursday’s preseason opener.
Moore was two mistakes away from a potentially terrific appearance against the Jets. He was the first quarterback off the bench, taking the No. 2 snaps for the first time in his four-year career.
Moore led the Lions to a field goal on his first drive. He fumbled a shotgun snap on third-and-2 at the 10-yard line, though.
At the end of the half, Moore drove the team 80 yards in 17 plays. That ended with an interception in the end zone. However, receiver Greg Salas failed to adjust his route to compensate for the blitz, the Detroit Free Press reported.
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Moore was 9-for-17 for 67 yards in the game (38.1 rating). Dan Orlovsky, the returning backup, was 5-for-11 for 96 yards and a touchdown (106.6 rating).
“I was by no means perfect, far from it,” Moore told the Free Press. “But it was good to be out there, good to play again.”
Moore, who has been the inactive third quarterback for every game of his NFL career, is competing with Orlovsky for the backup job.
“He played solid,” Caldwell said, according to the Free Press. “He was solid. There’s certainly some areas that he certainly could improve upon. I’m sure he’ll set out to do just that, but he engineered a couple drives, and that was very nice. A (17)-play drive is tough to do. Tough drive.”
Starter Matthew Stafford likes the way Moore plays.
“He’s developed a lot, there’s no question,” Stafford said, according to the Free Press. “He’s fun to watch. He’s a guy that on paper may not be every bit of what a quarterback’s supposed to be and the guy goes out there and plays, and it’s impressive to watch.”