David Blough is likely to open the season as the backup to Jared Goff. Blough could have some two-quarterback appeal if something were to happen to Goff, but he can be ignored on Draft Day.
Blough likely will remain in a No. 3 role to open the 2021 campaign, Benjamin Raven of MLive.com reports. The Lions let incumbent No. 2 QB Chase Daniels walk this spring, only to replace him with another high-priced backup in former Green Bay quarterback Tim Boyle. However, with Boyle only under contract for one season, Blough -- who will be a restricted free agent at the end of the league year -- could be in the mix for the backup role behind Jared Goff next summer.
Blough completed six of 10 passes for 49 yards with one interception in one game in 2020. After Blough made the Detroit roster out of training camp only to get cut in September, the Lions thought enough of the 25-year-old to sign him back to the active roster once it was known in October that the Cowboys were in the market for someone to replace Dak Prescott (knee). However, Blough went on to see action in just a single game in 2020 while serving as the No. 3 QB behind Matthew Stafford and Chase Daniel. While there's a chance he could return as the No. 2 option in 2021 should Daniel be let go, it seems more likely that Detroit will take a developmental signal-caller in the upcoming draft to fill that role.
Blough completed six of 10 passes for 49 yards and an interception while adding an 18-yard scramble in Saturday's 47-7 loss to Tampa Bay. Matthew Stafford hurt his ankle on the Lions' first possession and they were getting blown out with veteran backup Chase Daniel under center, so the team decided to see what it had in Blough. The 25-year-old Purdue product didn't do much of note in his three possessions, but it's possible Detroit could opt to start him over Daniel in next week's season finale against the Vikings if Stafford's unable to play.
Blough signed with the Lions' active roster Saturday. Blough was on the Lions' practice squad after getting cut in September, and according to Chris Burke of The Athletic, the Lions made this move because the Cowboys were looking to sign Blough. The Purdue product completed just 54 percent of his passes for 5.7 yards per attempt over five games last year. He will operate as the No. 3 quarterback behind Matthew Stafford and Chase Daniel.
Blough was waived by the Lions on Saturday, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports. It would have been surprising to see Blough beat out veteran Chase Daniels for the backup gig behind Matthew Stafford, but Blough evidently had a strong camp, which put him in contention for the role. He'll hit the waiver wire along with a host of other notable names at QB and could make it back through to the team's practice squad should everything work out in the Lions' favor.
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