It appears the Detroit Lions will start Week 1 with just two quarterbacks on their roster. According to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, the team is waiving quarterback David Blough.
Last year, the Lions traded for Blough right before roster cuts as their developmental backup quarterback. Though he wasn’t expected to play at all in 2019, injuries to Matthew Stafford and Jeff Driskel forced him into the lineup for the final five games of the season.
Over that time, In those five games, Blough completed 54 percent of his passes for four touchdowns, six interceptions and a passer rating of 64.0.
This year, however, he came into training camp looking more poised and accurate than ever. At times, he even looked better than backup Chase Daniel. However, with the contract the Lions handed Daniel—three-years, $13.05 million—there was little chance he was ever going to jump him in the depth chart.
Still, many believed Detroit would keep three quarterbacks simply as a precautionary measure in this COVID-19 environment. The big question is whether Blough will return to the Lions on their practice squad to continue his NFL development.