By Will Burchfield @Burchie_kid
The Lions released Jake Rudock yesterday, but they never really intended to part ways with the rookie quarterback.
The plan all along, it seemed, was to sign Rudock to the practice squad once he cleared waivers. That came to fruition on Sunday.
Rudock’s primary responsibility on the practice squad will be quarterbacking the scout team. That won’t exactly help him learn the Lions’ complex playbook, but he figures to benefit from the experience either way.
The fact that the Lions are keeping Rudock around suggests he fits in their long-term picture. Veteran Dan Orlovsky is the backup quarterback for now, but Rudock, after a strong preseason, may have gained favor as the team’s QB-2 of the future.
A sixth-round pick out of Michigan in this year’s draft, Rudock threw four touchdowns to just one interception in four preseason games, finishing with a passer rating of 96.3. In his final appearance against the Buffalo Bills, he showed how far he’s come through four months in the NFL.
Other notable signees to the practice squad include wide receivers TJ Jones and Jace Billingsley and cornerback Alex Carter.