Detroit Lions Training Camp: Position Battles Aplenty

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Aug 30, 2012; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions quarterback Kellen Moore (17) hands off to running back Mikel Leshoure (25) during the second quarter of a preseason game against the Buffalo Bills at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

Quarterbacks after Stafford:

The Lions unfortunately lost long time second string quarterback Sean Hill in free agency to the St. Louis Rams during the offseason. They also brought in former Lion, Dan Orlovsky. Then, shortly after the NFL Draft they added James Franklin to go along with Kellen Moore who has been with Detroit for the past two seasons.

I wouldn’t hand Orlovsky the keys to the No. 2 spot just yet. We are after all, talking about the same guy who famously ran out of the back of the endzone a few years ago, resulting in a safety. If Moore or Franklin can impress in camp and through preseason, they could very easily find themselves behind Matthew Stafford on the Lions depth chart in week one.

Furthermore, while the Lions have been privy of having three quarterbacks on their roster throughout the regular season, new head coach Jim Caldwell may not feel the need to keep a third arm around. That is something that we will have to wait until cuts to find out.

My Early Prediction: As much as I would like to see Moore or Franklin win the No. 2 job, I think Orlovsky does just enough to take it. I do however think Caldwell keeps a No.3, with that job going to Moore.