Did Kellen Moore Secure a Roster Spot with His Performance vs Baltimore?

J.P. ScottSenior Analyst IAugust 21, 2012

Aug 10, 2012; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions quarterback Kellen Moore (17) lines up behind the offensive linemen during the second half of a preseason game against the Cleveland Browns at Ford Field.  Cleveland defeated Detroit 19-17. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-US PRESSWIRE

Following Detroit's first preseason game vs. Cleveland, there were a few grumblings about how Kellen Moore may not even make the Lions' final roster, much less be groomed as a backup to Matthew Stafford.

Moore did well to silence his critics on Friday, as you'd be hard-pressed to find anyone with a whole lot of negative remarks following his performance against the Ravens.

Regardless of the fact that he didn't play against the Baltimore starters, it was still NFL competition and head and shoulders more impressive than his first outing.

Moore looked more like the Boise State quarterback who won more games than any other quarterback in college football history, going 10-of-15 for 98 yards.

The Lions offensive staff seemed to have a package for him that didn't require throwing the ball downfield, instead going with short dump-offs and intermediate, high percentage routes as bread and butter.

This had to have been a relief to Moore, the Detroit coaches and the fans who had high hopes for him when the Lions acquired him. It was assumed that his style of play and football IQ would overcome any perceived shortcomings in the way of his size and arm strength. That seemed to be the case against Baltimore.

Nobody expected him to be Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers or Matthew Stafford, but it was nice to see a guy who had so much success at the college level show some signs of life after such a disappointing first go in an NFL uniform.

The Cleveland game left much to be desired, but the Baltimore game, if nothing else, may have bought Kellen Moore a little more time to prove he belongs on an NFL roster.