After re-signing both Dan Orlovsky and Kellen Moore this offseason, the Detroit Lions have the same top three at quarterback as last year. This year, however, the order of that top three could be a bit different depending on what happens in training camp and the preseason. We know Matthew Stafford will remain atop the depth chart, but there's no guarantee that Orlovsky will remain the No. 2 quarterback.
Mayhew expects Kellen Moore to have a chance to compete for No 2 QB job— Kyle Meinke (@kmeinke) March 23, 2015
Based on what happened last preseason, Moore should have been the Lions' backup quarterback. He was really impressive, and Orlovsky didn't exactly inspire a whole lot of confidence when he was on the field. Just look at their stat lines:
Moore: 4 games (0 starts) | 35-51 (68.6%), 361 yards, 3 TD, 0 INT, 1 lost fumble
Orlovsky: 4 games (1 start) | 36-57 (63.2%), 355 yards, 0 TD, 0 INT
Okay, so their numbers aren't that different, but Moore definitely did a better job of leading the Lions into the end zone. And just generally speaking, Moore seemed to outperform Orlovsky from an "eye test" perspective.
None of this mattered when it came time for the Lions to form their depth chart considering they went with the veteran Orlovsky as the backup, but it's good to hear that there may be an actual competition for that job this year. The Lions are probably screwed either way if there's ever a situation in the regular season where playing the backup is necessary, but Moore seems like a much better long-term option than Orlovsky. Plus, Orlovsky only got a one-year deal, while Moore re-signed for two additional years. Whether it happens in 2015 or they wait until 2016, chances are Moore will eventually become the Lions' backup quarterback.