Based on what happened over the course of the 2014 preseason, it seemed like Kellen Moore was more deserving of the Detroit Lions' backup quarterback job than Dan Orlovsky. That was only one factor in how the depth chart was assembled, though, and ultimately the coaches favored Orlovsky's experience more than anything, and they made him the backup as a result.
This year, it seems like there is more of an open competition for the No. 2 quarterback job. The first sign of this came when Moore re-signed earlier this offseason on a two-year deal worth $1.8 million. His deal included a $340,000 signing bonus, and it was a signal that the Lions are committed to him beyond 2015. Orlovsky, on the other hand, was only re-signed to a one-year minimum salary benefit deal. Orlovsky did get $140,000 in guaranteed money, but he's hardly a slam dunk for the backup quarterback job based on the two contracts.
Further evidence that there is an actual competition for the backup quarterback job came on Day 2 of OTAs when Moore actually received No. 2 reps at the position:
Interesting development out of Lions OTAs -- Kellen Moore was working as the No 2 quarterback. Orlovsky was No 3— Kyle Meinke (@kmeinke) May 27, 2015
One of more interesting things -- Kellen Moore took a lot of No. 2 snaps at QB— Michael Rothstein (@mikerothstein) May 27, 2015
The important disclaimer for everything that comes out of OTAs is that it may not mean much in the grand scheme of things, especially by the time the regular season rolls around. However, this seems like a position battle worth monitoring as the offseason progresses. Had there been a real competition last year, Moore probably would have been the No. 2 quarterback, and now it looks like he's going to have an opportunity to win that job this year.