Rudock, an exclusive-rights free agent, has received a contract tender from the Lions, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports. Rudock wasn't going anywhere as the Lions like what they have in their 2016 sixth-rounder and seemingly have faith in him as the team's backup quarterback. Barring any sort of unforeseen addition to the depth chart, he'll likely enter the 2018 season in that very role.
Rudock completed three of five pass attempts for 24 yards and one interception in one appearance for the Lions in 2017. Rudock's only playing time of the season came in Week 13 against the Ravens after starting quarterback Matthew Stafford exited with a hand injury. He fared much better in the preseason when he completed 66.1 percent of his passes for 380 yards, three scores and one interception on 56 attempts. Although Rudock will now be an exclusive-rights free agent at the end of the league year, the Lions like what they have in the 2016 sixth-rounder, rendering him a near certainty to be retained by Detroit this offseason.
Rudock is expected to remain Matthew Stafford's (hand) backup Sunday against the Buccaneers with the latter expected to make his 108th consecutive start, a source informed Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. Rudock saw more reps with the first-team offense than usual this week while Stafford was rendered a limited participant for all three of Detroit's practices, but barring a setback in the hours leading up to Sunday's 1 p.m. EST kickoff, Stafford looks set to direct the offense as the 6-6 Lions fight to stay in the thick of the NFC playoff race. A 2016 sixth-round pick out of Michigan, Rudock saw his most extensive NFL action to date in relief of a hurting Stafford in the Week 13 loss to the Ravens, completing three of five passes for 24 yards and an interception.
Rudock is drawing trade interest from other teams, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. This news comes on the heels of Rudock's impressive performance against the Patriots during last Friday's exhibition, in which the second-year QB completed 10 of 13 passes for 113 yards and one touchdown to earn a 128.0 QBR, which bested all three of the quarterbacks that entered the game before he did -- Tom Brady, Matthew Stafford and Jimmy Garappolo. Granted, Rudock was playing against second-string defenders, but there's no doubting that he has the look of an up-and-coming talent. However, the Lions would probably need a really sweet offer to give Rudock up, as they'd be in trouble if something happened to Stafford and current third-stringer Brad Kaaya was forced to take over.
Rudock completed eight of 10 passes for 84 yards and one interception in Saturday's preseason victory over the Jets. He added 11 yards rushing on one attempt. Though his numbers weren't all that impressive Saturday, Rudock showed touch on his passes and appears to be settling in as the clear backup to Matthew Stafford ahead of the regular season. Unless sixth-round rookie Brad Kaaya does something to make the team reconsider, which is highly unlikely, that shouldn't change.
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