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Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Morning Roar: Lions' third QB philosophy

By Michael Rothstein

The Lions, lying in wait for the new year...

ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- Every coach and every franchise thinks about this differently. Some automatically carry three quarterbacks on their roster. Some will do so, but mostly as a practice squad players.

Yet other teams will stick with only two quarterbacks.

Detroit Lions coach Jim Caldwell is considered an offensive coach, someone who has good rapport with and understanding of quarterbacks. So what does he prefer?

"Every team's different. I've been on some teams where we only had two. I've been on teams where we had three," Caldwell said. "There have been certain situations where we thought about having four, so it just depends. Every team's different, so we'll look at this one as we start to narrow it down and we'll see where we are.

"It just depends on the roster. It depends on position. I mean, there are a lot of things that go into it."

What is certain is, barring injury, Matthew Stafford will be the team's starter. At this point, it is difficult to see anyone other than Dan Orlovsky being Stafford's primary backup.

The main question lies in what will happen behind the two of them. Kellen Moore enters his third season with the Lions and has yet to play in a regular-season game. For now, he is the clear No. 3 quarterback behind Stafford and Orlovsky. Even though he has improved greatly from his first season in Detroit, his arm strength can still be lacking at times and it often looks like he has to put too much effort into intermediate and long throws.

When Caldwell was asked about Moore, he gave a standard boilerplate answer about him and how hard he worked Tuesday.

He has, though, seen more action than undrafted free agent quarterback James Franklin. He hasn't thrown a meaningful pass with the media present since rookie minicamp, and has yet to take a snap during 11-on-11 or even seven-on-seven drills so far during open OTAs and the first day of minicamp.

So he -- and where things stand for a third quarterback with the Lions -- remain unknowns.

And now, a look around the Interwebs in search of Lions news:

A look into the changing body composition and increased flexibility of wide receiver Jeremy Ross, who worked a lot with the first team Tuesday. Live chat recap. Observations of Day 1 of mandatory minicamp. Chris Houston wasn't at minicamp and Caldwell didn't expect him. An update on the Detroit kicking situation between Nate Freese and Giorgio Tavecchio.

Kyle Van Noy is back to football after getting hitched over the weekend, writes Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press.

Corey Hillard still thinks of himself as a starting tackle, writes Chris McCosky of the Detroit News.

Justin Rogers from MLive has some observations from the first day of minicamp as well.