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POLL: Should the Lions keep three quarterbacks?

Having a contingency plan is important, but so is every roster spot.

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NFL teams are quickly approaching the roster cutdown point, which is a challenge every season, but is especially difficult in a year like 2020. The unknowns of how COVID will impact the league are great, and teams will be forced to take some risks in terms of roster construction and depth.

Every spot on the 53-man roster is valuable, and as they do every year, the Detroit Lions have plenty of players vying for the last spot. There are plenty of promising players who the team will not want to let go, but some of the decisions will simply be made by what positions have the most need.

An interesting spot to watch is the QB3 role. Many times teams will feel comfortable with just two quarterbacks, but given the injury to Matthew Stafford last season, Detroit may be inclined to keep three quarterbacks on the roster. Add in the global pandemic, and the case becomes even stronger.

Today’s Question of the Day is:

Should the Lions keep three quarterbacks?

My answer: Typically, I would answer this question with a resounding ‘no.’ Once a team loses its starter, the season is typically a lost cause anyway, as it was for the Lions last year. If a backup quarterback is unlikely to save a team, how much less fruitful is the third-string option going to be?

However, this year is different. Even if the Lions are not true contenders, they will still want and need to be able to field a competitive team every week. All it takes is for either Stafford or his backup to get sick and suddenly the team is in an extremely difficult situation.

To complicate matters even more, offseason signing Chase Daniel came at a relatively large price for a backup quarterback, but he seems to be less impressive than David Blough in camp. Since the Lions are not going to cut Daniel, the only way to retain Blough would be to keep him on the 53-man roster.

Additionally, Detroit brought in DeShone Kizer for workouts, showing that the team is leaning towards having multiple options behind Stafford this year. Whether that is the correct decision, though, could be debated:

Poll

How many quarterbacks should the Lions keep on the roster?

This poll is closed

  • 43%
    Two
    (205 votes)
  • 56%
    Three
    (262 votes)
467 votes total Vote Now