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Where the Lions roster stands: Quarterback

A breakdown of the Detroit Lions' quarterbacks and what needs they may have at the position.

Leon Halip

As we start to look ahead to training camp, we're going to take a position-by-position look at the Detroit Lions roster. First up is the quarterback position.

Back from last season: Matthew Stafford, Shaun Hill, Kellen Moore

New to the team: Thaddeus Lewis

As far as roster storylines go, there thankfully isn't much to talk about at the quarterback position for the Lions. Matthew Stafford is back again as the starter, just as Shaun Hill is back again as the backup. The Lions do have a competition brewing between Kellen Moore and Thaddeus Lewis for the third and final spot on the roster at quarterback, but that's it.

In terms of non-roster-related storylines, most of them revolve around Stafford and his contract. The Lions have been negotiating with Stafford's representatives on a new deal, but it remains to be seen if an agreement will be reached this year. If a new deal isn't done by the time the season starts, chances are the talks will be tabled until 2014, putting even more importance on Stafford having a better season this year than he did in 2012.

Moving down the depth chart, Hill is entering his fourth season as the Lions' backup quarterback. We thankfully haven't seen much of him in recent years, as Hill only played in three games for the Lions in the last two seasons. In 2012, he only played in one game, and he made the most of that single appearance by going 10-of-13 and throwing for 172 yards and 2 touchdowns in a comeback effort against the Tennessee Titans.

The third spot at quarterback for the Lions got a bit more interesting when the team claimed Lewis off waivers at the end of May. Moore has been in the Lions' system for more than a year, but Lewis has starting experience from his time with the Cleveland Browns. He closed out the 2012 season with a start against the Pittsburgh Steelers, and he played quite well, going 22-of-32 for 204 yards, 1 touchdown and 1 interception. Lewis and Moore will try to make their case to stick around as the Lions' third quarterback during training camp and the preseason.

Need going forward?

Barring a serious injury to Stafford or Hill, the Lions are really set at quarterback. They have their starter and backup locked in, and they have two players ready to battle for the third spot on the depth chart this summer. As a result, there is currently no need to add anybody else at this position.

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