Stafford, the No. 1 overall pick in 2009, was 20 of 32 passing for 188 yards at the time of his benching.
He threw an interception on the game's opening series, another on the Lions' first possession of the second quarter and was pulled after Patrick Peterson picked off a fourth-and-3 pass intended for Calvin Johnson on the Lions' opening drive of the second half.
Stafford had taken every Lions snap but two kneel-downs since the 2013 season, and had never been pulled in a game except for injury or competitive reasons in his seven-year career.
Both Lions coach Jim Caldwell and offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi defended Stafford this week, with Lombardi saying, "I still don't think he's broken," a reference to comments he made after being hired as coordinator in January of 2014.
Stafford and Lombardi had a brief, non-animated exchange on the sideline after Stafford was benched. Stafford then stood alone near the 40-yard line while Orlovsky warmed up on the sideline. The Lions said Stafford was not pulled for injury reasons, the story said. It's interesting to note, the Lions signed Stafford to a three-year extension worth $41.7 million in the summer of 2013. But they can get out of the deal without owing Stafford any more money after this season. Stafford, who turns 28 in February, has no guaranteed money left on his deal, but he still would count $11 million against the salary cap if the Lions decide to go in another direction. His Week 6 status is in question at this point as the Lions host Chicago in an early afternoon game.
Saturday, August 16, 2014, 7:14pm
Lions RB Theo Riddick didn’t play much last week because of an abdominal injury, but it only took one play this week in Oakland to show why coaches and teammates are so high on the young running back.
Riddick caught a screen pass from quarterback Dan Orlovsky on the first Lions possession of the second half Friday night in Oakland and turned it into a 36-yard gain. The second-year running back out of Notre Dame made four defenders miss on the play and covered about 100 yards total after completely reversing the field and weaving in and out of defenders.
For a RB3, Riddick is getting a lot of positive press in the offseason. With Reggie Bush and Joique Bell both injured at times last year, Riddick is a guy who could seemingly step right in and be a productive fantasy player. Riddick is ranked 74th and likely won't get drafted but he'll be a hot commodity should Bush or Bell go down.
Sunday, August 10, 2014, 10:16am
Then he went out for his preseason debut and got smoked by the team's No. 3 quarterback.
That's sure to light up talk radio and Twitter -- and our MLive comments section -- with demands for Moore to replace Orlovsky. But coach Jim Caldwell, Orlovsky and even Moore himself did their best after the game to dispel any notion that there's a (backup) quarterback controversy brewing behind Stafford.
Lions TE Eric Ebron continued to line up all over the field in his preseason debut Saturday. He split wide right in a two-tight-end set, slot left of quarterback Dan Orlovsky on a big third down, and attached at the line of scrimmage for a running play that unsuccessfully went his way.
“It’s just the preseason, so many more (ways) to go,” Ebron said, joking that he might have some quarterback snaps in his future. “We’ll see. Our playbook is open wide. With the athletes we have, we’ll see where it goes from here.”
Ebron was the third TE on Saturday night - Brandon Pettigrew started and Joseph Fauria, who caught three passes and showed off improvements as a blocker, came in on the second play. Ebron should have a big and significant role in the Lions offense this fall, the story said. That said, he still looks to be competing with others at the position and his snap percentage is a question. But the Lions were using him all over in his first game which is a good sign. Still, we see him as a low-end TE2 in our rankings.
"I'm telling you, if he doesn't have 50 catches this year, I'll be surprised because he's going to have opportunities and he's very talented at it," Orlovsky said. "I think he's going to play that Sproles role, for sure."
It strains credulity that a timeshare running back would have more receptions (50) in his second season than snaps (49) in his first season, but Orlovsky insists there are specific packages drawn up to put the ball in Riddick's hands.
"He's going to have eight passes a game," Orlovsky said, "whether they're screens, whether they're one-on-ones, whether they're checkdowns, where they're going to be pass plays called for him."
If Riddick sees as large of a role as Orlovsky predicts, it's going to put a dent in the workloads of Bell and Reggie Bush. We can envision a three-headed RBBC since Lombardi comes from the Saints, but we'll see how much buzz Riddick is generating in camp now that Bell is completely healthy.
Monday, July 7, 2014, 4:20pm
But who takes the role of Darren Sproles – the shifty, multifaceted running back who can run the ball and make plays as a receiver in the open field?
Backup quarterback Dan Orlovsky has an idea. His bold prediction for the Lions’ 2015 season, as he told Ross Tucker on the Ross Tucker Football Podcast, is that Theo Riddick will catch at least 50 passes.
Those are pretty lofty totals, especially with two, fine pass-catching backs in Reggie Bush and Joique Bell ahead of Riddick. But if Bell or Bush were to go down at some point this season, Riddick may be able to fill in nicely without much loss in production if the Lions decide to keep the game plan the same.
Wednesday, April 2, 2014, 8:24pm
Yes, that Dan Orlovsky.
The Lions originally selected the quarterback out of Connecticut in the fifth round of the 2005 draft. He spent four years here, and started seven games, all of which came during the club's winless 2008 season.
He went on to play for Houston (2009-10), Indianapolis (2011) and Tampa Bay (2012-13). He started five games for the Colts - then coached by Jim Caldwell - but has attempted just seven passes since, and none in the past two years.
Sunday, September 15, 2013, 2:41pm
Mike Glennon was seen warming up with the starters. This is a situation to monitor.
Monday, August 27, 2012, 10:18am
There is growing concern within the Bucs organization about Josh Freeman's spotty accuracy heading into the Sept. 9 opener against Carolina.
He's shown signs, but for the most part Freeman has just not put it together, and he's really not a usable fantasy option most weeks. This year he has some weapons, but the fact that this is a concern already isn't a good sign. Dan Orlovsky is the Bucs backup. We rank Freeman 18th among QBs.
Thursday, March 15, 2012, 12:25pm
Orlovsky will back up Josh Freeman.
Friday, December 30, 2011, 8:09pm
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Tuesday, September 27, 2011, 7:43pm
There was no announcement from the team and it wasn’t immediately known how the team made room on the active roster for Orlovsky.
Orlovsky, 28, has appeared in 13 games with Detroit and Houston, and started seven games for the Lions in 2008. He lost all seven of his starts as Detroit would finish 0-16.
In his 13 appearances, Orlovsky completed 150-of-272 passes for 1,679 yards with eight touchdowns and eight interceptions.
Tuesday, September 27, 2011, 2:19pm
The need to add another QB to the roster became more pressing when starter Kerry Collins was sidelined during the fourth quarter of Sunday night's loss to Pittsburgh with concussion-like symptoms. He was replaced by Curtis Painter, the only other healthy quarterback on the roster.
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