DETROIT -- Former Boise State quarterback Kellen Moore can continue to enjoy life as a backup in the NFL.

The Detriot Lions released 22 players in order to comply with NFL roster rules by 2:00 PM MT on Saturday.

Moore was not one of them.

Instead, for the third straight season, the Lions opted to keep three quarterbacks on their initial 53-man roster.

Moore had his most successful preseason yet. His 108.4 quarterback rating was a team best and ranked fourth in the NFL for passers with a minimum of 50 attempts.

The third-year pro appeared in all four of the Lions preseason games. He completed 68.6-percent of his passes for 361 yards. He also tossed three touchdowns and no interceptions.

Moore led the Lions to a last minute come-from-behind victory over the Cleveland Browns on Aug. 9.

His most extensive playing time came against the Buffalo Bills this past Thursday. Moore completed 17-of-28 passes for 172 yards and two touchdowns in a 23-0 victory.

By making the 53-man roster, Moore will earn $570,000 this season, according to the Detroit Free Press.

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