Kellen Moore: Comeback vs. Bills Shouldn't Save Rookie QB from Practice Squad

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IAugust 30, 2012

Aug 30, 2012; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions quarterback Kellen Moore (17) drops back to pass during the fourth quarter of a preseason game against the Buffalo Bills at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-US PRESSWIRE

Kellen Moore may have led the Detroit Lions to a come-from-behind victory against the Buffalo Bills in their final preseason game on Thursday, but he didn't show enough overall, and that's why he shouldn't make the Lions' active roster this season.

Moore completed 17-of-30 passes for 211 yards while rushing in the game-winning score early in the fourth quarter on Thursday. He showed improvement with his accuracy after completing just 50 percent of his passes in his first three preseason games, and the Lions went on to a 38-32 victory.

But it's not a good sign when going 17-of-30 is considered a dramatic improvement, or the fact that Moore tossed one touchdown to two interceptions this preseason. 

Moore already had a couple things beyond his control that gave NFL teams pause on draft day this year.

First, at 6'0," he's a shorter quarterback. Sure, some shorter quarterbacks have gone on to have success in the NFL, but how many have failed? Being on the shorter side in the NFL presents problems, including seeing adequately over the lines.

Secondly, he's a left-handed quarterback, which means the Lions have to reverse their playbook, which causes all the other offensive positions to do things backwards (i.e. muscle memory must go against the grain).

But there was also something Moore did have control of that would have helped him in the NFL: his throwing motion.

Moore holds the ball low before he releases, which not only slows down his release, but makes it easier for the defense to cause a fumble. It's a considerable concern.

Now you have Moore, who completed 74.3 percent of his passes in his senior season at Boise State, throwing a generally inaccurate ball. That certainly doesn't help his cause and it makes you wonder what, exactly, he offers to an NFL team these days.

Moore should make the Lions' practice squad, given his intangibles evident at Boise State, but there's no way he should make the active roster.


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