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Friday open thread: Who do you want as the the Lions backup quarterback in 2017?

Who do you think is the heir apparent to Dan Orlovsky?

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On Thursday, the Lions saw their backup quarterback from the 2016 season officially move out west to Los Angeles to play for the Rams.

Dan Orlovsky may just be a third arm to throw passes to receivers at Rams camp, but as a veteran who knows his X’s and O’s, he’s proven himself to be a valuable commodity.

Without Orlovsky in the fold, Detroit’s current configuration at quarterback is suddenly very different from the way it was a year ago. Jake Rudock, the second-year player who spent the majority of last season on the team’s practice squad, currently has the inside-track to the backup quarterback position. In the sixth round of the 2017 NFL Draft, the Lions drafted Brad Kaaya, a once highly-touted prospect who didn’t take the leap many expected him to take during his final season at the University of Miami.

Regardless of who earns the coveted backup spot in Detroit, the Lions are definitely undergoing a youth movement at the position. With that being said, today’s question of the day is:

Who do you want as the Lions backup quarterback in 2017?

This is one of the more interesting subplots to training camp this year. Will Rudock’s experience give him the edge over Kaaya? Could Kaaya prove to be a quick learner and take the reigns? It’s all really up in the air to me, but to me, Kaaya is the best option.

He’s a better player with the potential to become a dependable backup. Plus, he has all the right tools to run the best parts of the Lions offense. When it comes to the physical traits and making throws, Rudock has just as much to prove as Kaaya does at this point. Last preseason didn’t do much to convince me Rudock belongs on an NFL roster, so Kaaya ability to pick up the offense will go a long ways towards deciding who wins the spot.

Your turn.


Who do you want to play backup quarterback for the Lions?

This poll is closed

  • 67%
    Jake Rudock
    (461 votes)
  • 32%
    Brad Kaaya
    (218 votes)
679 votes total Vote Now

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