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Friday open thread: Should the Detroit Lions draft a quarterback in 2019?

How should the Lions address their backup quarterback problem?

2018 NFL Draft Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

On Thursday, our own Hamza Baccouche noted that in 2018, the Detroit Lions had a pretty awful backup quarterback position battle. Matt Cassel was brought along to bring a veteran presence, but many believed Jake Rudock was going to maintain his job as the team’s primary backup.

Unfortunately, both quarterbacks looked awful during training camp, and the Lions just went with the man they trusted more: former Patriot Matt Cassel.

With Cassel now facing free agency, Jake Rudock turning down a futures contract in Detroit to join the Dolphins and Connor Cook now on the roster, what is the future of the Lions’ backup situation?

Today’s Question of the Day is:

Should the Lions draft a quarterback at any point in the 2019 NFL Draft?

My answer: If I know the internet, we’ll get a ton of social media comments ridiculing us because the Lions aren’t moving on from Matthew Stafford. Obviously, that’s very true for anyone that has bothered to pay attention to the contract situation and the unwavering faith the Lions organization has shown in Stafford. We’re talking strictly backups here.

And, for me, the answer is a pretty obvious yes. Now, I don’t want the Lions to enter 2019 with a rookie as their backup quarterback. However, if they can find a developmental prospect that can either take up a roster spot as the third stringer or spend a season on the practice squad before they’re brought up as the primary backup in a year or two.

Yes, that strategy didn’t work with Rudock. It didn’t work out for Brad Kaaya, either. But just because the individuals didn’t workout doesn’t mean the strategy is wrong. I would hope and expect the Lions to grab a quarterback in the sixth round or later.

Your turn.


Do you think the Lions should select a quarterback at any point in the 2019 NFL Draft?

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