Lions To Start Third-String QB David Blough Against Bears

You might remember him from his time at Purdue.

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November 28, 2019 - 7:50 am

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First Matthew Stafford went down, then Jeff Driskel. 

So in a twist no one could have predicted at the beginning of the season, third-string quarterback David Blough will start for the Lions on Thanksgiving against the Bears. The team announced the news Wednesday night, with Driskel dealing with a hamstring injury. 

College football fans will likely remember Blough from his time at Purdue. He played 44 games for the Boilermakers from 2015-18. In his senior season he threw for 3,705 yards and 25 touchdowns, both good for second in the Big Ten. 

Blough went undrafted this year, then signed with the Browns. He went 25-43 for 271 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions in four preseason games, before he was traded to the Lions for a seventh-round pick.

He's been taking first-team reps in practice throughout this week. 

"(The quarterback) room in general, all three of those guys work really hard every single week, and I think obviously they follow along with Matthew and kind of his preparation and what he does," Matt Patricia said Wednesday. "They’ve a very competitive group, so they like to out-compete each other even with the preparation part of it. I think Blough falls right in line with those other two guys as far as the prep part of it.”

Blough will take on a Bears defense that's holding quarterbacks to an 86.3 passer rating and ranks fourth overall in the NFL.