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Detroit Lions Sign Nate Sudfeld As Backup QB For Jared Goff After David Blough Release

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Detroit Lions expected to sign Nate Sudfeld as backup QB to Jared Goff after relinquishing David Blough and Tim Boyle

  • The 28-year-old is with the San Francisco 49ers and is Detroit’s first choice
  • Detroit has until Wednesday’s 12 noon deadline to register Sudfeld
  • Sudfeld has never started a regular season game in his NFL career
  • David Blough and Tim Boyle were kicked out of the Lions this week but were able to resign

The Detroit Lions are about to sign Nate Sudfeld as their backup quarterback to Jared Goff after releasing David Blough and Tim Boyle.

The San Francisco 49ers player is currently Detroit’s first choice as they rush to sign him before the Wednesday afternoon noon deadline to file claims for the player’s rights.

The final cuts for all 32 NFL teams took place at 4 p.m. ET on Tuesday — the same day the Lions cut Bough, according to ESPN.

However, the 27-year-old is expected to rejoin the team’s practice squad, at least until Sudfeld signs as Goff’s backup, a source revealed.

Sudfeld, 28, played just four times for the Philadelphia Eagles from 2017 to 2020, throwing 188 yards and completing one touchdown and one interception. He was originally drafted by the Washington Football Team in the sixth round (187 overall) in the 2016 NFL Draft.

Nate Sudfeld, 27, and of the San Francisco 49ers, is about to sign for the Detroit Lions after James Garoppolo returned to the Bay Area as a backup quarterback this season

The Detroit Lions cut David Bough on Tuesday, leaving them with little cover for starting QB Jared Goff

The Detroit Lions cut David Bough on Tuesday, leaving them with little cover for starting QB Jared Goff

After being inactive for all 16 games of his rookie season, Sudfeld was eliminated by the then Redskins and signed with the Eagles before joining the 49ers last April.

Sudfeld has never started a regular season game and was believed to be Trey Lance’s backup after he resigned for $2 million in March, but the 49ers chose James Garoppolo as their backup quarterback. the team.

The Lions had pushed for Sudfeld after both Boyle and Blough put up disappointing displays against the Pittsburgh Steelers in the final preseason game, which they lost 19-9.

In his post-game commentary, Lions coach Dan Campbell said he had found “clarity” in the team’s case for a second quarterback.

“I think this is what everyone would think for the position, and is it someone that we know can come in and, if something happens, you know, they can steer the ship and they can hold out for a few races and to win?’ said Campbell.

“If you lose your starter two or three games, whether they can win those games for you, you have to decide. So that’s what we’re struggling with,” he added.

David Blough could return to the Lions as part of their exhibition squad, or sign with another team.  The 27-year-old has only played two games in the past two years

David Blough could return to the Lions as part of their exhibition squad, or sign with another team. The 27-year-old has only played two games in the past two years

Blough signed with the Lions from the Cleveland Browns for the 2019 season after being traded for seventh-round conditional draft picks.

In his first year at Detroit, the former Purdue quarterback started five games but won none, 0-5. He threw 984 yards and completed four touchdowns and six interceptions.

From then on, the 27-year-old started just two games over the course of two seasons, throwing 49 yards and intercepting only once.

Blough can return to Detroit and be part of the team’s practice squad, or the Lions can draw a younger alternative in the engine room for development purposes.

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