- Michael Rothstein, ESPN Staff Writer
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The Lions, lying in wait for the new year ...
It is the position that might be among the most stable on the Detroit Lions' roster. There's an entrenched starter the coaches have confidence in and are trying to build the roster around. There's an experienced backup.
Then there are two players vying for likely one roster spot -- one with experience in Detroit and the other an undrafted rookie free agent.
Matthew Stafford, of course, is the starter here and almost everything the Lions have done this offseason has been to help him in any way possible. They added Golden Tate as a receiver. They brought back Brandon Pettigrew as a tight end and drafted a hybrid receiver/tight end, Eric Ebron, in the first round of the draft -- ignoring defensive needs at the time.
All this to try to aid their biggest investment, the quarterback general manager Martin Mayhew decided was going to be his guy for the foreseeable future.
Behind him is Dan Orlovsky, almost the undoubted No. 2 quarterback replacing Shaun Hill. Orlovsky has been in Detroit before and has familiarity with Jim Caldwell, playing for him during his final season -- a 2-14 campaign -- in Indianapolis.
Then there are the two unknowns. Kellen Moore was groomed by former offensive coordinator Scott Linehan and has two years with the Lions, but no regular-season games played. Mayhew has not always appeared publicly confident Moore could step into the No. 2 role, which makes one wonder how much longer the team will keep him around as a No. 3.
The final quarterback is James Franklin, a rookie out of Missouri. Franklin is more of a dual-threat quarterback than anyone on the roster and could end up being the developmental quarterback Caldwell, Joe Lombardi and Jim Bob Cooter want despite not drafting one this year.
And now, a look around the Interwebs in search of Lions news:
The Lions signed 11 players and cut eight others. Among the signees are offensive tackle Cornelius Lucas from Kansas State, who is profiled here. A scouting report on new Lions receiver TJ Jones. New Lions kicker Nate Freese has a very accurate leg.
ESPN analyst Todd McShay tells Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press that he likes the Eric Ebron selection.
The Lions hope Lucas could end up on the same path as last year's undrafted rookie free-agent tackle LaAdrian Waddle.
Chris Houston posts an Instagram picture from a hospital bed, writes Justin Rogers in MLive.