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 completed three of five passes for 24 yards and an interception during Sunday's 44-20 loss to the Ravens.
Stafford bruised his throwing hand in the fourth quarter and was forced to leave a game for the first time since 2015, which allowed Rudock to log a handful of offensive snaps for the first time in his young career. The second-year Michigan product wasn't terrible, but his pick-six was particularly demoralizing to a Lions team that was already down 37-20. Stafford is a tough player who's known for playing through injuries, so it's not certain Rudock will be forced to start this week against the Buccaneers. If that proves to be the case, though, Rudock would be a tough fantasy play despite the incredibly appealing matchup against Tampa Bay.
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 stringers, 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 to happen, that shouldn't change.
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