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Moore, Broyles and Fuller earned roster spots in preseason

Posted Aug 30, 2014

Preseason stars Kellen Moore, Ryan Broyles and Corey Fuller were all rewarded with roster spots.

Detroit Lions general manager Martin Mayhew likes the security having three quarterbacks on the roster provides.

Ryan BroylesWR Ryan Broyles(Photo: Gavin Smith)
The Lions have kept three quarterbacks on the Week 1 roster dating back to 2009, Mayhew’s first full season as general manager. The status quo continues in Detroit as Kellen Moore has made the initial 53-man roster.

Moore, who’s never been active on game day his first two seasons in the league, completed 35-of-51 passes for 361 yards and three touchdowns in four preseason games this year. That’s a 108.4 passer rating for those keeping track.

Coaches have been particularly impressed this offseason with how quickly Moore picked up Joe Lombardi’s offense.

“I think our whole crew has done a good job this offseason,” Moore said after Thursday’s game in Buffalo. “We have taken it day by day going through OTAs and training camp. I feel like we are at a point where we are all comfortable and it’s time for some games.”

Ryan Broyles led the Lions with 11 catches for 144 yards in the preseason. Eight of those catches resulted in a first down. The NCAA’s all-time leader in receptions is a savvy receiver in the slot. He’s simply been limited by injury his first two seasons in the league. When Broyles is healthy, he can play a big role in Lombardi’s offense.

While Broyles will man the slot, second-year receiver Corey Fuller gives the Lions another deep threat with Calvin Johnson. There’s no substitute for speed in this league and Fuller has it, along with a 6-foot-2 frame.

Fuller is the kind of speed receiver that’s been a staple of this offense down in New Orleans for a number of years. He can stretch the field and that ultimately won him the job over veteran Kris Durham.

Fuller averaged 15 yards per reception in the preseason and led the team with two touchdowns. A practice squad player for the Lions last season, it’s safe to say he’s made one of the biggest jumps from year one to year two in recent memory.