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 10 of 13 passes for 113 yards and one touchdown during Friday's preseason game against the Patriots. He also rushed one time for 16 yards. Once again, Rudock showed he can capably take the reigns of the Lions offense and is firmly entering the season as the undisputed backup to Matthew Stafford. Since Stafford isn't expected to play in the preseason finale Thursday in Buffalo, Rudock could make for an interesting DFS option against an inexperienced group of Bills corners.
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.
Rudock appears to have clearly established himself as the No. 2 quarterback heading into training camp, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports. The drafting of former University of Miami quarterback Brad Kaaya in this year's draft initially seemed to put Rudock's hold on the No. 2 job in question, but it doesn't sound as if Kaaya has been able to pick up the playbook quick enough to serve as legitimate competition. Meanwhile, Rudock has a year of experience in OC Jim Bob Cooter's offense and has shown marked improvement from 2016 during offseason practices. Things could always change prior to Week 1, but Rudock seems unlikely to lose his role unless Kaaya puts on a show during the preseason.
Head coach Jim Caldwell said the Lions will add another quarterback, but the backup job likely will still be Rudock's to lose, Tim Twentyman of the team's official website reports. A 2016 sixth-round selection, Rudock spent his rookie season on the practice squad, stuck behind Matthew Stafford and Dan Orlovsky. The Lions liked what they saw from Rudock during the preseason and in practice, which may explain the team's lack of interest in re-signing Orlovsky. The Lions don't figure to hand Rudock the No. 2 job without any push, but they may settle for a late-round draft pick or journeyman veteran to serve as his competition.
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