The Lions thought they had the perfect quarterback to groom as their number three guy in Boise State’s Kellen Moore, but the Lions also have signed Arena League QB R.J. Archer to push Moore. Brian McIntyre of NFL.com had this to say about Archer:
Archer played his college ball at William & Mary and went undrafted in 2010. Adding a camp arm makes sense for the Lions. Starter Matthew Stafford had a league-high 663 attempts last season and could use a break in camp and the preseason. Moore’s impressive college career and signing bonus figure to give him an edge in the competition, however. Even if Moore were to struggle in the preseason, he has too much potential for the Lions to expose him to the waiver wire or use him on the practice squad.
I agree that having extra arms in camp is good for Stafford, but I don’t see the use in having a fourth quarterback in camp. Moore has done a good job in camp of moving the ball and the offense as a whole. I don’t see Archer sticking with the club long-term but it isn’t in the Lions best interest to potentially lose Moore.
As for the running back by committee the Lions have going, it will be interesting to see Jahvid Best, Mikael Leshoure and Kevin Smith all on the field. Each player brings a different skill set, Best is more of a speed back, Smith a power back and Leshoure is the do it all type.
The combination of the three gives offensive coordinator Scott Linehan a lot of flexibility in running the offense. According to Mike O’hara of DetroitLions.com, Linehan doesn’t want to call it a ‘stable of backs’ but guys with a specific skill set.
Time will tell what the three will be able to do on the field, as we will have to wait until week three for Leshoure to get back on the field from his suspension. How productive do you see the Lions running backs being this season?