David Blough was an unexpected story for the Detroit Lions in 2019
At the end of the 2019 preseason, the Detroit Lions sent a conditional seventh-round pick to the Cleveland Browns for quarterback David Blough. At the time, most Lions fans never would’ve guessed that Blough would close out the season as the starter in Detroit.
Someone slotted behind quarterbacks Matthew Stafford and Josh Johnson on the team’s depth chart, many figured he made the roster as a developmental project. Now that we’ve seen a decent amount of action out of Blough, let’s determine his outlook for the 2020 NFL season.
First and foremost, the Lions did decide to bring in veteran quarterback Chase Daniel to back up Stafford. General manager Bob Quinn did give him a generous contract over three years. It’s safe to say that Blough won’t be the 2nd string quarterback in the fall.
Although, Blough could surprise and beat out Daniel for that spot. Having a year under offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell’s system in Detroit might help. I see it as unlikely, though, due to Daniel’s experience in the league.
Now that the 2020 season is approaching, here’s a look at Blough’s role
That’s not to say Blough is a long shot at making the roster. Last season the Lions kept three quarterbacks on the 53-man and there is no reason as to why they shouldn’t this season, especially with the uncertainty around Stafford’s health.
During his five games last season, Blough showed (at least in my perspective) promising traits that you would want to see in a raw rookie. Despite the winless record, at times, Blough impressed with solid pocket awareness and smart decision making.
Nevertheless, he still is a work in progress. The one somewhat confusing issue would be that Blough and even Daniels are different from Stafford. More particularly quarterbacks who lack arm strength.
Personally, it would make more sense if the Lions were to choose a developmental quarterback that had more raw talent, rather than a good feel for mechanics and game strategy. At the end of the day, that’s Quinn and head coach Matt Patricia’s choice to make.
In all honestly, there’s no real point in having a developmental quarterback if you don’t commit to him. Expect Blough to be in a Detroit Lions uniform as long as their current front office stays intact.