The Detroit Lions will begin undrafted rookie David Blough at quarterback on Thanksgiving in opposition to the Chicago Bears attributable to accidents to Jeff Driskel and Matthew Stafford.
Driskell will function Blough’s backup, and quarterback-turned-tight-end Logan Thomas could possibly be a possible fallback choice.
The Lions acquired Blough on the league’s cut-down deadline after the preseason in a commerce with Cleveland. They’ve stored him on the roster all season as a 3rd quarterback, however he has but to play a snap. Now he’ll begin.
Blough’s alternative got here as a result of Driskel, who has began rather than Stafford, has been coping with a hamstring harm suffered Sunday in opposition to Washington. Driskel stated Tuesday that the hamstring has “gotten higher” day-to-day, however apparently not sufficient to start out. In his two media periods this week, Lions coach Matt Patricia stated that if want be, Driskel might keep within the pocket extra, although that might take away the mobility a part of his recreation.
In preparation for this, the Lions have given Blough first-team reps throughout Detroit’s two walkthroughs this week.
“We’ll have aggressive intervals in opposition to offense versus protection, together with our preparation intervals that we use every week,” Patricia stated. “We prefer to take these completely different form of probabilities in the course of the week to combine up a number of the huddles and who’s on the market and who is just not. We do it actually in any respect positions, and positively, Blough is a type of guys that it is necessary for us to do this with, too.”
Blough would be the third beginning quarterback for the Lions in a month after having Stafford begin each recreation for the reason that finish of the 2010 season. He’ll even be simply the third quarterback since 1950 to make his first profession begin on Thanksgiving, becoming a member of Drew Henson (Cowboys, 2004) and Kent Graham (Giants, 1992), in keeping with Elias.
Blough was Purdue’s beginning quarterback final season, throwing for 3,521 yards, 25 touchdowns and eight interceptions.