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Dan Orlovsky | Quarterback

Team: Detroit Lions
Age / DOB:  (32) / 8/18/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 215
College: Connecticut
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Dan Orlovsky is "well ahead" of Kellen Moore for the Lions' backup quarterback job.
Moore opened camp with the second-team offense, but he has been outplayed by Orlovsky. Through three preseason games, Orlovsky has completed 23-of-38 passes with three touchdowns and no interceptions. Aug 29 - 9:52 AM

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Dan Orlovsky "still holds the edge" over Kellen Moore for the Lions' backup quarterback job, according to

Beat reporter Justin Rogers said "the coaching staff is more familiar and comfortable" with Orlovsky even though he signed a shorter contract than Moore this offseason. Orlovsky has 24 games of experience while Moore has only played in the preseason. Neither will see the field unless Matthew Stafford gets injured. Stafford enters 2015 with a franchise-record 64 straight starts.
Jul 12 - 8:56 AM

Lions re-signed QB Dan Orlovsky to a one-year contract.

Orlovsky hasn't taken a snap in the NFL since 2012. He's thrown for 2,931 yards in 21 career appearances since entering the league as a fifth-round pick in 2005. He's most famous for running out of the back of the end zone for a safety.
Mar 2 - 3:59 PM

ESPN's Michael Rothstein reports the Lions have opened contract talks with free agent QB Dan Orlovsky.

The Lions don't currently have a quarterback behind Matthew Stafford after they didn't tender Kellen Moore. Orlovsky, 31, is a below-average backup that hasn't appeared in a game since 2012. He should only require a minimum deal.
Feb 21 - 4:35 PM

Lions signed QB Dan Orlovsky, formerly of the Bucs, to a one-year contract.

As expected. Orlovsky, 31 in August, was said to be at the top of the Lions' list for No. 2 duties after failing to re-sign Shaun Hill and missing out on Luke McCown. Orlovsky started five games for Lions coach Jim Caldwell's Colts in 2011.
Wed, Apr 2, 2014 04:04:00 PM

The Detroit Free Press reports free agent QB Dan Orlovsky is believed to be at the top of the Lions' wish list for No. 2 duties.

Orlovsky was drafted by the Lions in the fifth round of the 2005 draft and started seven games for Detroit in 2008. He was also part of one of the most laughable plays in recent memory when he ran out of the back of his own end zone unknowingly. The Lions are looking for a veteran backup for Matthew Stafford.
Mon, Mar 31, 2014 08:05:00 PM

Bucs re-signed QB Dan Orlovsky.

Orlovsky, who turns 30 before the season, lasted on the street just four days after his release by the Bucs in what was said to be a procedural move. Orlovsky appeared in only one game in 2012. He went 15-for-20 passing (75 percent) in the preseason with 150 yards (7.5 YPA), one touchdown, and one pick. Orlovsky is considered more of a third-stringer than quality No. 2 quarterback.
Mon, Apr 8, 2013 06:16:00 PM

The Tampa Tribune reports QB Dan Orlovsky will re-sign with the Buccaneers.

Orlovsky, 30, served as quarterback Josh Freeman's backup last year and was released by the team last Thursday. The Tampa Tribune speculates his release was a formality in a salary restructuring move. We still expect the Bucs to add some real competition for Freeman, who is entering a make or break season.
Mon, Apr 8, 2013 04:41:00 PM

Bucs released QB Dan Orlovsky.

Orlovsky, 30 in August, saw action in one game as Josh Freeman's backup last year, completing 4-of-7 passes for 51 yards. The 6-foot-5, 230-pounder has started 12 career games, winning just two. Orlovsky's release clears $1.5 million in cap space. Tampa will certainly have its eyes on quarterbacks in the draft.
Thu, Apr 4, 2013 05:48:00 PM

Bucs signed QB Dan Orlovsky to a two-year, $2.5 million contract.

Most famous for appearing in 10 games for the 0-16 2008 Lions, Orlovsky spent 2011 in Indianapolis, completing 122-of-193 passes for 1,201 yards, six touchdowns and four interceptions. He led the Colts to their only two wins in Weeks 15 and 16. With Josh Johnson an unrestricted free agent, it appears Orlovsky will be Josh Freeman's primary backup in 2012.
Thu, Mar 15, 2012 10:21:00 AM

Dan Orlovsky completed 27-of-40 passes for 264 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions against the Jaguars in Week 17.

The raw numbers aren't terrible, but the Colts never threatened after falling behind 7-0 on the opening drive. Taking over as the starter in December, Orlovsky proved capable of moving the offense against soft coverage. An impending free agent, Orlovsky may have done enough down the stretch to be brought back as Andrew Luck's clipboard-holder should the Colts part with Peyton Manning.
Sun, Jan 1, 2012 05:11:00 PM

Dan Orlovsky returned to the Colts Thursday after missing Wednesday's practice for the birth of his triplets.

Orlovsky will be under center versus the Jaguars as Rotoworld's 30th-ranked fantasy QB for Week 17.
Thu, Dec 29, 2011 03:27:00 PM

Dan Orlovsky missed Colts practice Wednesday because his wife delivered triplets.

Orlovsky is expected back Thursday and will start the finale against the Jaguars. The Colts can clinch the No. 1 overall pick with a loss, but will be playing all-out to win the game.
Thu, Dec 29, 2011 08:19:00 AM

Dan Orlovsky completed 23-of-41 passes for 244 yards and a touchdown against the Texans in Week 16.

Orlovsky started slowly, managing just 64 yards of offense compared to 62 penalty yards by late in the second quarter. Though he struggled in the red zone, Orlovsky impressed with a series of touch passes in quarters two through four. Down 16-12 with 2:00 remaining, Orlovsky drove the Colts down the field and hit Reggie Wayne in the corner of the end zone for the game-winning 1-yard touchdown. Fighting hard for a backup opportunity in 2012, Orlovsky has a plus matchup at Jacksonville in Week 17.
Thu, Dec 22, 2011 11:45:00 PM

Dan Orlovsky completed 11 of 17 passes for 82 yards and one touchdown in Week 15 against the Titans.

Orlovsky managed the game well enough to get the Colts their first win, and is an improvement over Curtis Painter, but is merely looking to stay afloat in the NFL, and not likely to return next season. In three starts, he's completing 64 percent of his passes for 571 yards and four touchdowns.
Sun, Dec 18, 2011 05:32:00 PM

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QB1Matthew Stafford
2Dan Orlovsky
RB1Joique Bell
2Ameer Abdullah
3Theo Riddick
4George Winn
GLB1Joique Bell
2Ameer Abdullah
3RB1Theo Riddick
2Ameer Abdullah
FB1Mike Burton
WR11Calvin Johnson
2Lance Moore
3T.J. Jones
WR21Golden Tate
2Corey Fuller
WR31Lance Moore
TE1Eric Ebron
2Tim Wright
3Brandon Pettigrew
LT1Riley Reiff
2Corey Robinson
LG1Laken Tomlinson
C1Travis Swanson
RG1Manuel Ramirez
2Larry Warford
RT1Cornelius Lucas
2LaAdrian Waddle
K1Matt Prater