Former Boise State quarterback Kellen Moore’s roster spot with the Detroit Lions could be in jeopardy — an unexpected development after the team re-signed him in the offseason.
The Lions have some needs on their roster that might be more important than the third quarterback, which is considered more luxury than necessity in the NFL.
Plus, veteran backup Dan Orlovsky has outplayed Moore this preseason in the competition for the backup job.
Moore, who hasn’t been active for a game in his first three seasons, is eligible for the practice squad. However, any NFL team would have a chance to sign him if he is cut.
The Lions play their preseason finale Thursday against the Bills — a game in which Moore usually gets his most playing time and has performed well in the past.
The Lions must cut their roster to 53 players by Saturday.
Lions coach Jim Caldwell previously worked for the Colts.
"Every year is different," Caldwell said, according to MLive.com. "We went for 10 years in Indy and only kept two (quarterbacks), so that was kind of the way in which we felt we could best utilize our roster at that time. This is the same thing here, just depends how many we keep, depends on what our roster looks like."
The Lions gave Moore a two-year contract with $340,000 guaranteed in the offseason. The total value of the contract was $1.825 million.
He brings value to the team in the meeting room even though he isn’t playing, the team says.
"He's definitely a smart guy," starter Matthew Stafford said, according to MLive. "He's got a creative outlook with the way he views the game of football and how plays might work."
Moore is 13-for-25 for 104 yards with one interception and two sacks this preseason. He played extensively as the No. 2 quarterback in the preseason opener but has received limited, third-team reps the past two games.
Last year, he was 35-for-51 for 361 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions and three sacks. Much of his production came in the preseason finale against the Bills.