The Detroit Lions, in the market for a third quarterback, have signed Josh Dobbs to their practice squad.
It’s definitely questionable how big of a loss it really was, but the Detroit Lions had the Chicago Bears sign quarterback Tim Boyle off their practice squad last week. So they were in the market for a third quarterback, likely to put on the practice squad just in case.
On Saturday, the Lions had former Steeler and Brown Josh Dobbs in for a workout. On Monday, according to a couple reports, they are set to sign Dobbs to their practice squad.
The Lions haven’t confirmed the move to sign Dobbs as of this writing, but when Dan Campbell speaks to the media Monday he’s likely to confirm it.
Dobbs had spent this season with the Browns, and he was released when Deshaun Watson was reinstated from his suspension last week. The Denver Broncos also had the former fourth-round pick in for a workout recently, before he visited the Lions. Between a couple stints with the Steelers, he spent time with the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Detroit Lions add Josh Dobbs for quarterback depth
Nate Sudfeld remains Jared Goff’s primary backup after the addition of Dobbs, barring something unforeseen. Dobbs will now come in and learn the Lions’ offense, but barring any injury to Goff he probably won’t be elevated to the active roster.
That said, the Lions do have some questions on their quarterback depth chart looking to next season. Goff could be gone, and Sudfeld is not likely to be back as a backup. It’s not out of the question that Dobbs is kept around into offseason work, with a shot win a backup job. With only six regular season appearances on his resume right now, and only one since 2018, he’s not a candidate to start.
The Lions don’t seem to have taken a close look at any other quarterbacks to replace Boyle via a workout/visit. They got a look at Dobbs, and added him quickly.