Kellen Moore makes Detroit Lions’ regular-season roster

By Chadd Cripe
ccripe@idahostatesman.com
© 2013 Idaho Statesman

Former Boise State quarterback Kellen Moore made the Detroit Lions roster for the second straight year Saturday.

Moore, who signed as an undrafted free agent last year, will serve as the No. 3 quarterback behind star Matthew Stafford and veteran backup Shaun Hill.

The team told Moore on Friday that he would make the final cut to 53 players, which was due at 4 p.m. MDT Saturday. Not all teams keep three quarterbacks.

“I felt like I made a lot of positive progress,” Moore said. “I felt a lot better than last year, but you never know in the NFL.”

Moore tossed a pair of touchdown passes in each of the Lions’ final two preseason games. He was 30-of-48 for 301 yards and four touchdowns with one interception overall. He didn’t take any sacks.

He said he was much more comfortable in the Lions’ offense.

“That’s the biggest thing,” he said. “It’s year two. You kind of know what to expect, you know the offense, you’re much more confident in what you do. You’re able to go out and operate and take care of all the details that add up to having a lot better camp and a lot better preseason.”

Detroit media have reported that Moore’s arm seems stronger. He said he’s added a little strength.

“More importantly, it’s getting a little more comfortable,” he said. “You throw with confidence because you know where you’re supposed to be going. You do that, usually things come out a little nicer.”

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Also Saturday, former Broncos’ defensive tackle Chase Baker made the Minnesota Vikings roster. He signed as an undrafted free agent last year and spent a season on the practice squad.

Boise State players in NFL

Jamar Taylor, CB, Dolphins
Kyle Wilson, CB, Jets
George Iloka, S, Bengals
Billy Winn, DL, Browns
Ryan Clady, OL, Broncos
Tyrone Crawford, DE, Cowboys
Orlando Scandrick, CB, Cowboys
Shea McClellin, DE, Bears
Kellen Moore, QB, Lions
Chase Baker, DT, Vikings
Richie Brockel, TE, Panthers
Doug Martin, RB, Buccaneers
Daryn Colledge, OL, Cardinals
Nate Potter, OL, Cardinals
Austin Pettis, WR, Rams
Jeron Johnson, S, Seahawks

Cut on Saturday

Chris Carr, DB, Saints

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ESPN on Friday unveiled a college version of its NFL Total QBR quarterback rating system. The site includes numbers since 2004. Moore is the only quarterback with two of the top 10 seasons — he landed at No. 3 (2010), No. 9 (2011), No. 40 (2008) and No. 49 (2009). Here is the link.


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Chadd Cripe has spent the past 12 years as the Boise State football beat writer. You can follow him on Twitter @IDS_BroncoBeat.

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