Jake Rudock could have made this much easier on everyone. He could have shown a ton of rookie mistakes, forced some terrible balls into tight coverage or fumbled the ball more than Jared Goff.
But Rudock didn’t really do any of that. While he may not have wowed anyone with his pure arm strength or incredible accuracy, Rudock went out there for four preseason games and essentially didn’t screw up. He had his moment, like the final preseason game where he drove the team to three touchdown drives on eight chances. But he also had poor outings, like the Ravens game in which he finished 0-for-6 or his airmailed interception against the Bengals.
Whatever opinion you have on the former Wolverines quarterback, it’s likely a strong one. So today’s Question of the Day is:
What should the Detroit Lions do with Jake Rudock?
My answer: As you’ll see later in the day with my 53-man prediction, I think the Lions would be better served to use the roster spot of a potential third quarterback on a different position. I remain stiff on my position that Rudock will not be the backup quarterback in 2016, nor should he be. He has yet to prove himself competent at throwing the ball deep downfield and is likely still learning a lot about defenses in the NFL. The quick-outs and shallow slant stuff may work against third and fourth-string competition, but that won’t fly in the regular season. Dan Orlovsky is making more mistakes, but he’s almost dealing with a much bigger playbook and workload. If the Lions were to throw that on Rudock’s plate, I fear what would happen.
So the Lions should waive Rudock, and when he clears waivers — which he almost certainly will — place him on the practice squad and continue to develop him until he eventually takes over as the primary backup.