Lions waive rookie Rudock, will keep just 2 QBs

Justin Rogers
The Detroit News
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Jake Rudock

Allen Park -- The Detroit Lions are going to go with just two quarterbacks on their initial 53-man roster, opting to waive rookie Jake Rudock.

Rudock had a good preseason, showing progressive improvement. He displayed the ability to make plays with both his arm and his feet, completing 30-51 passes for 333 yards, four touchdowns and one interception, while gaining another 62 yards on 10 carries.

The sixth-round draft pick out of the University of Michigan makes obvious sense for the team's practice squad, assuming he clears waivers.

The decision to let Rudock go indicates Detroit is comfortable with veteran Dan Orlovsky as the lone back to starter Matthew Stafford.

Orlovsky posted similar numbers to Rudock in the preseason, but tossed a bad interception in each of the first two games. Both picks were returned for touchdowns and the veteran was ultimately booed as he exited the field when the Lions hosted the Bengals at Ford Field last month.

The backup quarterback hasn't played a significant role for the Lions in recent years. After dealing with a few significant injuries earlier in his career, Stafford hasn't missed a game in five years, starting 80 consecutive regular-season contests.

In addition to Rudock, the Lions have waived wide receivers TJ Jones and Jace Billingsley, center Gabe Ikard, guard Brandon Thomas, linebacker Khaseem Green, safety Isaiah Johnson, running back George Winn and offensive tackle Michael Ola. The team is required to trim its roster from 75 to 53 players by 4 p.m. Saturday.

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