Injuries have plagued the Detroit Lions at quarterback in recent weeks, which means rookie signal-caller David Blough must make his first career start. His first snap will take place on Thanksgiving against the Chicago Bears.
Matthew Stafford has missed the past few weeks due to fractured bones in his back. As for Jeff Driskel, he’s dealing with a hamstring injury.
Detroit acquired Blough back in August in a trade with the Cleveland Browns.
Blough isn’t a household name in the NFL at the moment, but he was quite the gunslinger at Purdue. In his senior season with the Boilermakers he threw for 3,521 yards, 25 touchdowns and eight interceptions.
Now, the 24-year-old quarterback will have the chance to prove himself in front of a national audience.
ESPN reporter Jeremy Fowler revealed that Blough is officially the starter for Detroit.
The Lions obviously don’t have much experience under center for today’s game, but wide receivers Marvin Jones and Kenny Golladay should provide reliable options for Blough in the passing game.
If Blough plays well and leads the Lions to a victory, he might find himself starting next weekend.
His first test won't be an easy one though, as the Chicago Bears feature one of the most talented defenses in the entire NFL.
All eyes will be on Blough's debut this afternoon as the game will be available on CBS.