Moore has one more week to make a case for inclusion on the final roster

Posted Aug 24, 2012

The Lions have exactly a week until they have to get down to their final 53-man roster, which gives third-string quarterback Kellen Moore two more preseason games to make his case for inclusion on that list.

“That will be a decision that we’ll have to make at some point,” Lions head coach Jim Schwartz said after practice Thursday when asked if the team will keep two quarterbacks or three for the regular season.

Matthew Stafford and Shaun Hill are the clear-cut No. 1 and No. 2 quarterback’s heading into the season. Whether or not the Lions can afford to keep a third quarterback as one of their top 53 players will depend on how the general manager Martin Mayhew and Schwartz view the talent and depth at other positions.

Moore won the competition for the third quarterback spot when the team released quarterback R.J. Archer on Thursday.

In two preseason games, Moore is 14-of-29 passing, with no touchdowns and one interception.

He played much better last week against the Ravens (10-of-15 for 96 yards) than he did in a 4-of-14 performance with 40 yards and an interception against the Browns in the preseason opener.

“I’m definitely feeling more comfortable with everything. That’s the biggest thing,” Moore said. “You get the first (preseason game) out of the way and after that you feel a whole lot more comfortable. I think we just went out there and executed a whole lot better (against the Ravens).”

Moore has taken the bulk of scout-team reps during training camp and has held on tight to that third quarterback job.

“Well, Kellen had much better situations for him, just normal football situations, the second week,” Lions offensive coordinator Scott Linehan said of Moore’s progression from Week 1 to Week 2 of the preseason.

“He got put into pretty much impossible two-minute situations (against the Browns). It’s hard to be successful no matter who you are. Then last week he was put in a position where it was like a normal game where it was as if he was playing the game, and I saw a real efficient player.

“What a lot of people aren’t able to see is his maturity and growth out here on the practice field on a daily basis. I really believe he’s done nothing but improve every day for us.”

But is that enough to be considered among the best 53 players the Lions have?