David Blough showed plenty of promise while with the Cleveland Browns, but a crowded quarterback room led to him being traded to the Detroit Lions on Friday
Saturday is the deadline for NFL teams to cut their roster down to 53 players, which makes the two days following the final preseason game incredibly tough for those trying to realize their pro football dream.
Fortunately for one member of the Cleveland Browns, he gets to continue pursuing that dream even though he won’t make it to their opening weekend roster. Undrafted rookie David Blough found himself in some tough competition as he was battling Garret Gilbert for the final quarterback spot in Cleveland.
He played well, but Gilbert was better an won the job. However, there’s a happy ending for the Purdue product as the Detroit Lions decided to make a move to bring Blough on board.
Blough played against the Lions in the Week 4 preseason finale, and despite throwing two picks in that game, he did enough to pique the interest of the Detroit decision-makers.
In their game against Detroit, Blough was 11-of-17 and shook off the two picks as he ended up throwing for 115 yards while helping Cleveland seal the win.
Overall in the preseason, he was 25-of-43 for 271 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. He added another 30 yards rushing for the Browns.
With Baker Mayfield entrenched as the starter and Drew Stanton in place as the veteran backup, Cleveland had Blough and Gilbert fighting for that final spot. In the end, Blough just fell short but could find a home with the Lions as he will be battling Josh Johnson for the final spot on their roster.
Considering Detroit made a move for him, he may have already won that spot.