Detroit Lions: Searching for Matthew Stafford’s backup

Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions (Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images)
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Despite the Detroit Lions signing two quarterbacks this offseason, the search for Matthew Stafford‘s backup doesn’t seem to be over yet.

The offseason is the same for all NFL teams as they renovate their roster and try to improve for the upcoming campaign ahead. In the case of the Detroit Lions, one of the positions that is experiencing wholesale changes is the depth at quarterback.

Last season the Lions brought in longtime veteran backup quarterback and former New England Patriot, Matt Cassel to battle with Jake Rudock for the number two job behind Matthew Stafford. Neither saw significant playing time, but neither seemed to be the right answer if Stafford had been injured either.

Now with both Cassel and Rudock gone the Lions have signed former Michigan State star Conner Cook and veteran journeyman Tom Savage to vie for the job behind Stafford.

And while both general manager Bob Quinn and head coach Matt Patricia have given Matthew Stafford their full vote of confidence, they have also talked about the importance of creating depth that can push the starters. This includes the quarterback position.

Which means that it would seem that the Lions must not be finished adding quarterbacks yet.

We’ve all speculated that the Lions will select a quarterback in the upcoming draft at some point and Bob Quinn has even added fuel to the fire when he suggested that there was a possibility they could even use their top pick to take one.

I don’t think anyone expects the Lions to really use their top choice for a quarterback, but there are certainly possibilities out there that the Lions could take advantage of to acquire a quarterback either early in the draft, per se, or just select one later in the draft to develop.

So the question is simple; what route should Bob Quinn and his staff go to add talent that can be nurtured and developed to help create more viable depth behind Matthew?