Before their full team meeting Wednesday night, Detroit Lions general manager Bob Quinn and coach Matt Patricia pulled quarterback David Blough aside. He had been receiving a bunch of reps throughout the week, but this was confirmation. He would be the team’s starting quarterback on Thanksgiving — earning the first start and snaps of his NFL career.
They wanted to make sure he was ready for it before they announced it to the team and, then, the world.
By the time the Lions lost to the Chicago Bears 24-20 on Thursday for their fifth consecutive defeat, they at least knew they had their answer about Blough. The undrafted rookie out of Purdue was definitely ready.buy nike nfl jerseys cheap
Blough completed 22 of 38 passes for 280 yards, two touchdowns and an interception — often using his feet to buy extra time in the pocket to find an open receiver while also operating efficiently in a game plan devised by offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell.
Emotionally, it was everything he had hoped for, minus a victory.
“This is what you dream about as a kid,” Blough said. “I’m thankful for all of it. All the ups and downs. I knew that there was going to be some. I wasn’t going to be perfect but I wanted to give it everything that I had and the guys lifted me up, man.
“It was incredible to have the veterans, [Danny] Amendola and the guys come around me and [say], ‘Hey, we got your back.’ That was encouraging for me, a guy who has just been here for 10 or 11 weeks, whatever it is, to know I had those guys in my corner, it was special.”cheap nfl nike jerseys china
Blough said it was more than just his teammates. After it was announced he would start because Matthew Stafford (back) and Jeff Driskel (hamstring) were too injured to go, his phone became so active he had to turn it off. Messages from friends, family and former teammates flooded his inboxes offering support.
Then, once he started playing, he received another boost of early confidence. After his first pass attempt to tight end T.J. Hockenson fell very short of the target, a low ball Blough said “didn’t come out pretty,” he hit on his first completion — a wide-open 75-yard touchdown to Kenny Golladay that tied the game 7-7.
“He was definitely pretty ecstatic about it,” guard Joe Dahl said. “It’s a pretty sweet way to start off your career.”