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Detroit Lions Claim Thaddeus Lewis, Look to Hold Competition for Third Quarterback

May 29th, 2013 at 12:24 PM
By Max DeMara

'San Francisco 49ers at Arizona Cardinals, September 13, 2009' photo (c) 2009, Michael Wifall - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

The Detroit Lions took a major step Tuesday towards cementing the notion that Kellen Moore's role as third quarterback might be up in the air.

Thaddeus Lewis, who started the season finale for the Cleveland Browns, was plucked off waivers by Detroit yesterday afternoon. Lewis is now added to the mix along with Moore and rookie free agent Alex Carder from western Michigan. With three in the fold, it's becoming obvious that the Lions are holding an open competition for the right to back up second quarterback Shaun Hill.

Lewis finished the season in decently solid fashion for the Browns, completing 22 of 32 passes, including a touchdown pass and an interception against the Pittsburgh Steelers. An undrafted rookie out of Duke, Lewis did enough to hang around Cleveland's roster last fall, and could have a better chance to win some type of a permanent role in Detroit, which has a more steady quarterbacking scenario.

Carder has already been generating buzz as potentially one of the top rookie free agents from this year's class by Dane Brugler of CBS Sports. He possesses a live arm, confidence and is a local prospect, which will add some spice to the normally mundane task of analyzing a preseason battle for third quarterback consisting of two former rookie free agents and a current one.

All of this means the Lions might not be counting on Moore as much as once thought. This time around, he'll have to earn the third quarterback spot with solid play on the field. Last fall, he wasn't remarkable in preseason play, but didn't face much competition to make the Lions. Moore's remarkable collegiate accuracy was hardly on display, as he only completed 41/78 passes for 434 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions during the preseason.

By adding a few game competitors, Detroit has at least perhaps inspired Moore to step up his own performance. A little competition never hurt anyone in sports, much less a team like the Lions, where every position on the depth chart should be under the microscope after a season of failing to meet expectations.

Max DeMara is the managing editor of Lions 101. You can find him on his personal Twitter account @SportsGuyTheMax or on this site's Twitter @detroitlions101

Tags: Alex Carder, Detroit, Detroit Lions, Football, Kellen Moore, NFL, Shaun Hill, Thaddeus Lewis

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