Recently, the Detroit Lions put in a waiver claim for quarterback Thaddeus Lewis. The Lions were awarded Lewis, after he was cut by the Cleveland Browns. The addition of Lewis has created a two way battle with Kellen Moore for the Lions’ third string quarterback position.
After breaking several passing records at Duke, Lewis went undrafted in the NFL. The St. Louis Rams signed Lewis as an undrafted free agent, but didn’t keep him on the roster. In 2012, the Cleveland Browns signed Lewis and would use him on their practice squad before promoting him to the roster.
In 2012, Lewis got one NFL start, which places him ahead of Moore in the experience category. Lewis lost the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, but looked impressive against one of the best defenses in the NFL at the time. In the game, Lewis completed 69% of the 32 passes thrown. Lewis finished the game with 204 passing yards, one touchdown and one interception.
While at Duke University, Lewis put up over 10,000 career yards. He finished his NCAA career with a 123.4 QB rating. As a senior, Lewis passed for 3330 yards and posted an impressive 20 touchdown to eight interception ratio. As a senior, Lewis was also a finalist of the Davey O’Brien Award, given to the top college quarterback.
Lewis brings an impressive college resume to the Lions, similar to Moore. Lewis has only one NFL game under his belt, but turned enough heads in the game to draw attention. Lewis also is more of a running threat than Moore, which could be the edge he needs.
On most NFL teams, the role of third string quarterback wouldn’t really be something to fight over. However, given Matthew Stafford’s injury history and Shaun Hill’s pending free agency, this could be a big position in the future. The Lions will have to decide on whether they re-sign Hill at the end of 2013 and could choose to use either Moore or Lewis as the number two quarterback going forward.