Are the Detroit Lions looking to improve their quarterback room?
One thing became fairly certain in Detroit’s first preseason game; we don’t need to see starting quarterback Jared Goff again in the preseason. With Goff leading the first-team attack, it was all over. Unfortunately, the second and third groups, especially the quarterback, had their fair share of struggles. The Detroit Lions must consider improving their quarterback room by improving their reserve quarterback before the start of the regular season.
Would Mason Rudolph be an upgrade for the Detroit Lions at quarterback?
Some of you are probably snickering that I called Rudolph an outrank, but that’s how poor Detroit’s quarterback room is right now. The quarterback situation is grim in Detroit, and there’s no one after Goff. Tim Boyle and David Blough are both massive Goff dropouts.
I’d rather the organization sign/add a veteran replacement with experience so the Detroit Lions season isn’t over if something bad happens to Goff. Detroit needs another play director who can continue to play successfully behind that elite offensive line. Someone who can bring football to Amon-Ra St. Brown and enhanced talent players such as DJ Chark and Jameson Williams. An experienced signalman who can get the offense into the right play at the line of scrimmage. Unfortunately, I’m not sure Blough or Boyle can do that on a regular basis.
The Pittsburgh Steelers appear to be in good shape at quarterback after drafting Kenny Pickett in the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft. The Steelers also signed free agent Mitchell Trubisky as a transition quarterback after the Ben Roethlisberger time.
After the Steelers’ first preseason game, which saw their current three quarterbacks perform well, the rumor that they might buy Rudolph began. Most NFL teams only have two quarterbacks on their active roster, leaving Rudolph useless.
Rudolph, 27, had been a Steelers third-round pick in 2018 and produced an 80.9 quarterback rating during his career when called up. He threw for 2,366 yards, 16 touchdowns and 11 interceptions, making ten career starts. He completed 61.5% of his passes. In those ten games, he guided the Steelers to a 5-4-1 record. That tie came in a contest last season against the Detroit Lions. In that game, Rudolph threw for 242 yards on 30 completions. He threw for a touchdown and was intercepted once.
By comparison, Boyle is 0-3 in three career starts. He threw for 541 yards, three touchdowns and six interceptions. Boyle completed 5.3% of his passes. Blough is 0-5 in five career starts. He’s thrown for 1,033 yards, four touchdowns and seven interceptions, completing just 54.3% of his passes.
I don’t see Detroit having to part ways with a lot to land Rudolph in a trade. I anticipate that a future sixth- or seventh-round pick will do the job.