Kellen Moore: Collegiate Star Destined for Lions' Practice Squad

Rick Weiner@RickWeinerNYFeatured ColumnistAugust 18, 2012

ALLEN PARK, MI - MAY 12: Kellen Moore #17of the Detroit Lions throws a pass during a rookie mini camp  at the Detroit Lions Headquarters and Training Facility on May 12, 2012 in Allen Park, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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Friday's game against the Ravens wasn't a terrible thing for Detroit quarterback Kellen Moore, who looked much more comfortable in the pocket than he had in the team's preseason opener against the Browns.

Moore finished the game 10-of-15 for 96 yards, but considering that he played against the Ravens' second-and-third-string defenses, his numbers aren't really impressive.

It certainly wasn't enough to warrant a spot on Detroit's 53-man roster.

Moore is college football's all-time leader in wins under center with a 50-3 record at Boise State, but his lack of arm strength continues to hinder his progress.

Four of his 15 pass attempts went for 10 yards or more, and the longest, a 23-yard reception by Joique Bell, had more to do with Bell's work after the catch than Moore's throw.

With Matthew Stafford entrenched as the starter and Shaun Hill the backup, carrying a third quarterback on the active roster is a luxury, not a necessity for coach Jim Schwartz.

When you take into consideration the injuries that have plagued the Lions thus far—and wide receiver Stefan Logan went down with an ankle injury against Baltimore, adding to the list—Moore's biggest problem will be the lack of depth at other positions.

There's no question that Moore showed improvement against the Ravens, and that if the Lions continue to work with him, he could, over time, develop into a capable backup.

But for this season, that work will have to come on the practice squad—because if the Lions have their eyes set on a playoff spot in 2012, they'll need everyone on the roster to be able to contribute at a moment's notice.

At this point in time, Moore simply doesn't fit that description.

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