David Blough’s first career NFL start is going to come in an interesting fashion.
The former Purdue quarterback had a successful senior year in 2018, but he went undrafted in the 2019 NFL Draft. After getting picked up and playing with the Cleveland Browns at times during the preseason, Blough eventually landed with the Detroit Lions.
For much of the year, Blough has been buried on the depth chart. After a back injury to Detroit’s starting QB Matt Stafford, backup QB Jeff Driskel was thrust into the starting lineup. Unfortunately, Driskel is currently dealing with a hamstring issue that has opened the door for Blough’s start on Thanksgiving.
According to the Detroit Lions PR Twitter account, Blough will become the first undrafted QB to record a start in Lions history. He is also just the third QB since 1950 in the NFL to get his first start on Thanksgiving.
He'll also become the the 3rd QB since 1950 to make his 1st-career start on Thanksgiving, joining Drew Henson (DAL, 2004) and Kent Graham (NYG, 1992). pic.twitter.com/22wvWxmyrv
— Detroit Lions PR (@LionsPR) November 28, 2019
Following the conclusion of Purdue’s Thursday practice, head coach Jeff Brohm said he sent his well wishes to his former QB:
Jeff Brohm said today he texted @david_blough10. "I am happy for David. It couldn't have happened to a better guy. Being a quarterback in the NFL is being in the right place at the right time. And I am hopeful that he takes advantage of it. He has worked extremely hard."
— Tom Dienhart (@TomDienhart1) November 28, 2019
Hopefully, Blough’s career gets off to a solid start. He is taking on the Chicago Bears with kickoff set for 12:30 pm EST on FOX.