COMMENTARY | Shaun Hill did what he could in Matt Stafford's absence. It wasn't great, but he managed the game while the Detroit Lions' starting franchise quarterback was sidelined for most of 2010 after suffering yet another shoulder injury.
Hill, now 32, will probably make way, vacating his second-string role to former Boise State Broncos star quarterback Kellen Moore, who posted an NCAA-record 50 wins during his illustrious career and signed as an undrafted free agent with Detroit over the weekend.
Moore, at just under 6-feet tall and 200 pounds, is a small, yet crafty lefty with a competitor's edge; that will to win that helped make the Broncos one of the most noticeable teams in college football -- didn't hurt they wore gaudy uniforms and played on blue turf, either.
"The NFL guys would be the first to tell you that (he's too small)," Boise State coach Chris Petersen told the Idaho Statesman. "They really feel like certainly at that position there's a minimum cutoff and if you're not that, they're not willing to take too much of a chance."
"I do think there are a lot of teams who were extremely intrigued by him and who would have loved to get him on their roster. The Lions are the ones who are extremely fortunate. They're going to get a good player. … If a team gives him a legitimate chance to learn the system and get reps, I really believe he will be in the NFL for a while."Moore be a suitable back-up for Stafford, should he get the chance. Other than mop-up duty, it's unlikely Lions coach Jim Schwartz will take the hot-handed Stafford out of any game. Looking to build upon his 5,000-yard plus season, Stafford will probably want to see as many snaps as possible.
But Peterson was right. Moore is an intriguing player. It was hard for college football followers to ignore Moore's winning ways. It was hard to discount his incredible stats. He was in the Heisman Trophy conversation more than once and evaded serious injuries -- that allowed him to win 50 of 53 collegiate games.
Stafford still has to prove that he can string together consecutive, fully-healthy, 16-game regular seasons. Moore has proven that he's durable enough to step in. He'll probably never dethrone Stafford from the top job, but he doesn't have to; he just has to be a steady standby.
Adam Biggers has followed the National Football League for over 20 years, specifically the Detroit Lions. He can be found on Twitter @AdamBiggers81.
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