Jake Rudock, who starred at Michigan under the tutelage of Jim Harbaugh in 2015, was released Saturday by the Detroit Lions. NFL teams are trimming their teams to the league-mandated 53 players.
On Thursday, Lions coach Jim Caldwell indicated that Rudock had been making progress.
“That’s what it’s been, a good steady growth,” Caldwell said, according to the Detroit Free Press. “He’s grasping the offense better and better and better. He’s a smart guy anyway. He works at it. He made some nice throws this evening and certainly did a nice job just in terms of operating the offense. We didn’t do a whole lot of no huddle out there. We huddled pretty much every time, but he still did a nice job getting us out of some bad plays and things of that nature. He’s developing. He obviously played well.”
In three seasons as a collegiate quarterback, Rudock threw for 7,836 yards and 54 touchdowns. As a member of the Lions preseason squad, Rudock, a sixth-round pick, connected on 30-of-51 passes for 333 yards.
Should Rudock clear waivers, he will be eligible to sign with Detroit’s practice squad.