Detroit Lions Aug 21, 2021; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; A Detroit Lions game helmet rests on a sideline equipment trunk against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the third quarter at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

The Detroit Lions added some insurance to the quarterback position on the depth chart Friday. The team announced they had re-signed veteran backup quarterback Nate Sudfeld.

“Welcome back, Nate,” the team tweeted along with the official announcement of Sudfeld’s re-signing.

Sudfeld has racked up seasons of play in the NFL, primarily as a backup. Since 2017 he’s made no starts but appeared in six games. He’s totaled just 188 yards 25 completions, one touchdown, and one interception.

Before going undrafted in 2017, Sudfeld starred for the Indiana Hoosiers. At IU, he threw for nearly 8,000 yards and 61 touchdowns. Sudfeld threw for 3,573 yards, 27 touchdowns, and only seven interceptions in his senior season with the Hoosiers.

The Lions certainly signed Sudfeld to ensure that they would have a backup behind starter Jared Goff. The team could still draft someone potentially to back Goff up as well, of course. This move could also simply signal they aren’t taking a quarterback in the first round and will set their sights elsewhere.

Detroit has had a busy off-season. The team has made significant moves to improve. They’ve signed cornerbacks Emmanuel Moseley and Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, in particular, in the hopes that they add a jolt to a team on the rise.

The Detroit Lions were just one game away from making the NFL Playoffs last season.

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