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Dan Orlovsky
QB #8
Height:
6-5
Weight:
218
Age:
31
College:
Connecticut
Hometown:
Bridgeport, CT
Experience:
9
Career Stats
SeasonTeamGamesPassingRushingFumbles
GGSCompAttYdsAvgTDIntSckSckYRateAttYdsAvgTDFUMLost
TOTAL 276 472 2,931 6.2 14 12 29 182 76 13 34 2.6 0 11 4
2013 TB 2 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2012 TB 1 0 4 7 51 7.3 0 0 0 0 80.1 -- -- -- -- -- --
2011 IND 8 5 122 193 1,201 6.2 6 4 14 84 82.4 6 5 0.8 0 7 3
2010 HOU 1 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2009 HOU 0 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2008 DET 10 7 143 255 1,616 6.3 8 8 14 95 72.6 7 29 4.1 0 3 0
2007 DET 0 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2006 DET 0 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2005 DET 2 0 7 17 63 3.7 0 0 1 3 51.8 -- -- -- -- 1 1

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Biography

Orlovsky returns to Detroit after spending the previous two seasons (2012-13) with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the team’s backup quarterback. Originally drafted by the Lions in the fifth round (145th overall) of the 2005 NFL Draft out of Connecticut, he played his first four years in the NFL with Detroit before stints with the Houston Texans (2009-10) and Indianapolis Colts (2011). He has appeared in 24 games (12 starts) and has completed 276 passes on 472 attempts (58.5-percent) for 2,931 yards and 14 touchdowns.

TRANSACTIONS

  • Signed by the Lions as an unrestricted free agent to a one-year contract on April 3, 2014.
  • Re-signed by the Buccaneers on April 9, 2013.
  • Released by the Buccaneers on April 4, 2013.
  • Signed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as an unrestricted free agent to a two-year contract on March 15, 2012.
  • Re-signed by the Colts on September 27, 2011.
  • Released by the Colts on September 3, 2011.
  • Signed by the Indianapolis Colts on August 1, 2011.
  • Released by the Texans on July 29, 2011.
  • Signed by the Houston Texans as an unrestricted free agent to a three-year contract on March 1, 2009.
  • Re-signed by the Lions as a restricted free agent to a one-year contract on April 22, 2008.
  • Drafted by the Detroit Lions in the fifth round (145th overall) of the 2005 NFL Draft.

PRO
Orlovsky returns to Detroit after spending the previous two seasons (2012-13) with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the team’s backup quarterback. Originally drafted by the Lions in the fifth round (145th overall) of the 2005 NFL Draft out of Connecticut, he played his first four years in the NFL with Detroit before stints with the Houston Texans (2009-10) and Indianapolis Colts (2011). He has appeared in 24 games (12 starts) and has completed 276 passes on 472 attempts (58.5-percent) for 2,931 yards and 14 touchdowns.

  • Appeared in 12 games (seven starts) during his previous four seasons with Detroit, all of them coming in 2008 when he set a career high in completions (143), attempts (255), passing yards (1,616) and touchdown passes (eight).

2013: Saw action in two games as the team’s backup quarterback, helping to mentor rookie QB Mike Glennon.

  • Appeared in a reserve role vs. Atlanta (11/17) and at New Orleans (12/29). 2012: Served as the primary backup quarterback in 15 games in his first season with Tampa Bay.
  • Made his debut as a Buc, completing four-of-seven passes for 51 yards at New Orleans (12/16).

2011: Started five games and played in eight in his lone season with the Colts. Finished the season 122-of-193 for 1,201 yards, six touchdowns and four interceptions, and recorded career highs in completion percentage (63.2) and passer rating (82.4). Led Indianapolis to wins in two of the final three games.

  • In his two victories, he completed 34-of-58 passes (58.6-percent) for 326 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions. His passer rating over the two games was 85.8.
  • Made his first start as a Colt at New England (12/4), having a career day with 30 completions on 37 attempts for 353 yards and two touchdowns. His 353 passing yards marked a career high.

2010: Appeared in one game as the team’s backup quarterback at Philadelphia (12/2).

2009: Joined the Texans as an unrestricted free agent from Detroit, but did not see the field as reserve quarterback.

2008: Led the Lions under center in 10 games (seven starts), finishing the season with 143 completions on 255 attempts (56.1-percent), 1,616 passing yards and eight touchdowns.

  • Threw for a season-high 265 yards and one touchdown at Houston (10/19).
  • Recorded multi-touchdown games at Chicago (11/2) and at Green Bay (12/28).

2005: Played in two games as a rookie out of Connecticut, completing seven passes on 17 attempts for 63 yards.

  • Recorded his first-career NFL completion at Chicago (9/18).

COLLEGE
Finished his four years at Connecticut (2001-04) with career totals of 916 completions on 1,567 attempts, 10,706 yards and 84 touchdowns, all of which are school records. He played in 46 career games and led the Huskies to their first-ever bowl appearance as a senior in 2004.

  • As a junior in 2003, recorded career highs in attempts (457), passing yards (3,485) and passing touchdowns (33).

PERSONAL
Attended Shelton (Conn.) High School, where he earned All-America honors from Prep Football Report, SuperPrep and Prep Star. He was named All-State, Class LL MVP and the New Haven Register’s Connecticut Player of the Year.

  • As a senior at Shelton, threw for 2,489 yards and 58 touchdowns as his team recorded a perfect 12-0 record en route to a state championship.
  • Established the Dan Orlovsky Foundation to enrich the lives of youth in Detroit and Connecticut. The foundation features the “Dan Orlovsky Charity Challenge,” a three-day event in Connecticut made up of a gala, golf tournament and clinic for kids.
  • Participated in multiple Lions charity events during his first four years with the team, including the 17th annual Detroit Lions Invitational golf outing, United Way Hometown Huddle and PGA golf lessons with Think Detroit PAL.

ORLOVSKY’S SINGLE-GAME BESTS

  • Passing Attempts: 47 at Chicago 11/2/08
  • Passing Completions: 30 at NE 12/4/11
  • Passing Yards: 353 at NE 12/4/11
  • Completion Percentage: 81.1 at NE 12/4/11
  • Pass Touchdowns: 2 (three times) Last at NE 12/4/11
  • Passing Rating: 113.2 at NE 12/4/11

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