Detroit Lions Midseason Grades: Quarterback Report Card

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Shaun Hill

Aug 29, 2013; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Detroit Lions quarterback Shaun Hill (14) calls an audible against the Buffalo Bills during the first half at Ralph Wilson Stadium. The Lions beat the Bills 35-13. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports


Hill is the ideal backup. He’s efficient, takes care of the football, and doesn’t really have any designs on being the starter or creating a controversy. He’s the model of stability.

Hill never gets talked about when Stafford has a bad game, but if he has to come in, it isn’t a sign of impending disaster. In fact, when he came in last year against Tennessee, he engineered a miraculous comeback.

Could he do something like that again this year? Who knows? He hasn’t even been asked to grab a helmet in the first eight games, and if all goes as planned, he won’t in the last eight (or more) game, either. He’s just a really good insurance policy. It will be interesting to see if the Lions re-sign him this offseason, or if they opt for this next guy…

Grade: B

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