INDIANAPOLIS — The Detroit Lions will give former Michigan and Iowa quarterback Jake Rudock a prime opportunity to become the team’s backup quarterback behind Matthew Stafford, general manager Bob Quinn said Wednesday.
Rudock, a sixth-round draft pick last year, completed 30 of 51 passes for 333 yards, 4 touchdowns and 1 interception last year in preseason. He was waived in final cuts, added to the Lions practice squad and was signed to the team’s active roster in late November.
“Jake had a good rookie year,” Quinn said. “He started off on the practice squad and had a really good preseason. We made the decision to give him every shot to be the No. 2 quarterback. In the offseason programs, the OTAs and hopefully into training camp, he’s going to get every opportunity to earn that job.”
Rudock started 38 combined games at Iowa and Michigan, including the last 13 with the Wolverines. He passed for 3,017 yards as a senior, the second-highest total in Michigan history. Over his collegiate career, Rudock completed 666 of 1,080 passes for 7,836 yards and 54 touchdowns. He also rushed for 560 yards and 12 scores.
Rudock started 25 games at Iowa and transferred to Michigan after the 2014 season.