The Lions’ backup-backup QB came out firing in the Thanksgiving Day game against the Bears.
If the Bears were looking for an easy game this holiday, they may be in luck. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport tweeted Wednesday evening the Lions are expected to start third-string rookie QB David Blough tomorrow during their Week 13 matchup against the Bears.
The #Lions are expected to start QB David Blough tomorrow against the #Bears, sources tell @StaceyDales and me. Jeff Driskel’s hamstring has hindered him greatly, though he’ll end up backing up. A major challenge for Detroit.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 28, 2019
The Lions quarterbacks have had a particularly rough season this fall. Their starting QB Matthew Stafford missed the Lions Week 10 game against the Bears due to fractured bones in his back and will be out for approximately six weeks. Jeff Driskel has been playing under center in Stafford’s absence, but is now sidelined with a hamstring injury. He’ll back up Blough on Thursday.
Blough was an undrafted rookie and has yet to play an NFL snap. Blough played all four years of his college career with at Purdue. He was initially signed as an undrafted free agent by the Cleveland Browns this past May before getting traded to the Lions in exchange for 2022 seventh-round draft picks. During his senior season at Purdue, Blough threw for 3705 yards and 25 TDs.
The Lions later officially confirmed the news via Twitter:
David Blough will start at quarterback for Thursday’s game vs. Chicago. Jeff Driskel will serve as the backup quarterback. pic.twitter.com/4CoML7YMuK— Detroit Lions (@Lions) November 28, 2019