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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.

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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. (The final year of each player's contract is listed in parentheses.)

Back from last season: Matthew Stafford (2017), Dan Orlovsky (2015), Kellen Moore (2016)

New to the team: Garrett Gilbert (2015)

The same three quarterbacks from last season are back for the Lions, although their order on the depth chart could be a bit different this year based on what happens this summer. Matthew Stafford is still the starter, and that isn't going to change as long as he stays healthy. However, the backup quarterback spot appears to be up for grabs after Dan Orlovsky and Kellen Moore split No. 2 reps this offseason. Orlovsky was the backup last year despite seemingly getting outplayed during the preseason, but the door might be open for Moore to take that role in 2015.

Also at quarterback is Garrett Gilbert, who was recently claimed off waivers after the Lions released Anthony Boone. As has been the case in the past, the No. 4 quarterback on the roster likely won't receive a ton of reps, and his chances of sticking around aren't great. For Gilbert, he will just try to do enough to earn a spot on the practice squad.

Need going forward?

Given how quickly the Lions moved on from Boone, it wouldn't shock me if something similar happens with Gilbert. I don't think the Lions are actively looking to make any additions at quarterback, but if the right player becomes available, I could see them making a move to bring in someone new at the No. 4 spot on the depth chart.

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