From practice squad to backup quarterback in less than a year, it's been a whirlwind for Jake Rudock.
He has an opportunity to cement himself on the Detroit Lions roster this season after the team named him the backup quarterback to Matthew Stafford after declining to offer longtime reserve quarterback Dan Orlovsky a contract. Of course, just because Rudock is named the backup now does not mean he's guaranteed a place on the roster, he will have to fight for his life during training camp and preseason.
For now, Rudock has done all the right things to impress head coach Jim Caldwell. Caldwell, in an interview with DetroitLions.com, shared his excitement for the young quarterback.
“He had his routine he was going through, so he did develop and did work quite a bit in those areas,” Caldwell told the DetroitLions.com. “I think he made really good progress and I think he is the kind of guy that can keep moving forward. He’s gotten stronger. We’re excited about the opportunity he has.”
According to General Manager Bob Quinn, who drafted Rudock in the sixth round of the 2016 NFL Draft, is giving every opportunity for Rudock to seize the number two role.
“Yeah, Jake had a good rookie year,” Quinn said. “You know, he started off on the practice squad, had a really good preseason and we made the decision to kind of give him every shot to be the No. 2 quarterback. So in the offseason program, in the OTAs and hopefully into training camp, he’s going to get every opportunity to earn that job.”