Jake Rudock, Quarterback
Detroit Lions backup quarterback Jake Rudock has played well all preseason. And Friday, against the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots, was no different.
The second year passer out of Michigan again looked stellar in his relief of starter Matthew Stafford. Against the Pats, Rudock completed 10 of his 13 passes for 113 yards and a touchdown. Through three preseason games, the 24-year old quarterback has completed 31 of his 47 passes (66.0%) for 339 yards, three scores and one interception.
Rudock has done an excellent job of giving a spark to this Lions’ offense when he’s under center. He has certainly earned the primary backup role to Stafford at this point, as rookie Brad Kaaya still looks a bit lost on the field.
This is very much the maturation of a player, as Rudock showed glimpses in the final preseason game from last year when, as a rookie, he threw for 171 yards and three touchdowns in a 31-0 victory over the Buffalo Bills.
With another offseason training period under his belt, Jake Rudock is much more comfortable under center than he was a year ago. And if Matthew Stafford, God forbid, is ever sidelined, the Detroit Lions seem to have themselves a more than capable backup on the bench.