Former Boise State quarterback Kellen Moore has been cut by the Detroit Lions, the team announced Saturday. It’s cut-down day across the NFL.
Moore is eligible for the practice squad but first will be available to all other teams.
Source: the Lions are releasing both QB Kellen Moore and TE Joseph Fauria.— Field Yates (@FieldYates) September 5, 2015
Moore went 16-for-22 for 150 yards and a touchdown (106.2 rating) to lead the Detroit Lions to a 17-10 victory in Thursday’s preseason finale.
“The big thing with him is that he’s very accurate, for the most part,” Lions coach Jim Caldwell said, according to the Detroit Free Press. “He can get the ball where it needs to be, and he also can anticipate the throw. With him, he’s one of those guys that has a good feel for receivers and anticipating routes, and then also ball placement. Tonight he did a very good job of that.”
However, Moore was outplayed by veteran Dan Orlovsky in the competition for the backup job. Caldwell traditionally only keeps two quarterbacks and media outlets have reported the Lions have some talented players at the fringe of their roster that made it more difficult to keep a third quarterback.
Moore finished the preseason 29-for-47 for 254 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Those aren’t bad numbers, but they also aren’t as good as last year when he topped a 100 rating in three of four appearances.
Moore was on the roster as the third-string quarterback each of the past three seasons but never was active for a game. The Lions gave him 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 had said.
“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.”
In other NFL news:
— Fullback Blake Renaud will be cut from the Vikings but likely added to the practice squad, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
— Wide receiver Austin Pettis has been cut by the Chargers, The San Diego Union-Tribune reported.
— That leaves 15 former Boise State players on NFL rosters at this point.
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