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Did Kellen Moore show enough to make the 53-man roster?

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Moore finished the night 17-of-30 passing for 211 yards. He also had a 1-yard touchdown run to give the Lions a 38-32 victory. But was it enough to earn a roster spot moving forward?

With the Boise State football team in Michigan to play Michigan State in East Lansing Friday night, Lions quarterback Kellen Moore – Boise State’s all-time leading passer – had a nice cheering section when the Lions took on the Bills Thursday night in the final preseason game.

Family and friends were treated to Moore getting some extended work. The undrafted rookie played from the 11:50 mark of the second quarter to the end of the game. He finished the night 17-of-30 passing for 211 yards. He also had a 1-yard touchdown run to give the Lions a 38-32 victory.

But was it enough to earn a roster spot moving forward?

“He had some good plays. He missed a couple things, had some plays I’m sure he’d like to have back, but he got us in the end zone,” Lions head coach Jim Schwartz said of Moore after the game Thursday. “Didn’t turn the ball over. Thought he did a good job there.”

The Lions have to trim their roster down from 75 to 53 by 9 p.m. Friday, which means 22 players are about to lose their jobs. With the Lions dealing with injuries at some positions and a few tough roster decisions at others, can they afford to keep a third quarterback they hope never sees the field?

“Yeah, it’s out of my control now so you can’t worry about it,” Moore said of the impending roster trim down. "Whatever happens will happen and you feel comfortable that whatever happens will be a good situation.”

Moore finished the preseason completing 41-of-78 passes for 434 yards with one touchdown, two interceptions and one rushing touchdown.

“I think Kellen played great all preseason,” starting quarterback Matthew Stafford said. “He’s a smart kid; guys just a winner. He knows how to play the game.

“He gets in there at practice; practice doesn’t slow down. He’s up there calling plays. He’s never up there fumbling stuff around and doing normal rookie stuff. I’ve been really impressed with him and I’m happy he played well and we’ll see what happens. He’s going to have a good career.”

We’ll know in less than 24 hours if that’s in Detroit or somewhere else.