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Kellen Moore explains departure from Detroit: “I felt like a change might be good”

Former Lions QB Kellen Moore has been officially added to the Cowboys practice squad.
Former Lions QB Kellen Moore has been officially added to the Cowboys practice squad. AP

Kellen Moore could have returned to the Lions after they waived him. Detroit wanted him back on its practice squad. But the Cowboys wanted him, too, and the chance to reunite with Scott Linehan drew the quarterback to Dallas.

“I think certainly it played a role,” Moore said of Linehan being the Cowboys offensive coordinator. “I was fortunate to be a part of a team with him in Detroit for two years. I felt like a change might be good.”

Linehan served as Detroit’s offensive coordinator when Moore signed as an undrafted rookie free agent in 2012. The former Boise State star spent three seasons on the Lions’ roster, though he never played in a game.

“I think being able to play in preseason games, and even though I wasn’t able to play in regular-season games, I feel like I’ve taken advantage of those three years,” he said.

The Cowboys kept only two quarterbacks on their 53-player roster. They signed Moore and former Texas A&M and UTEP quarterback Jameill Showers to their practice squad.

Moore said he still was digesting Linehan’s offense when asked how similar to was to what he remembered in Detroit.

“I haven’t quite figured it out yet, so it’ll be a little process,” Moore said. “We’ll see what happens.”

He seems eager to learn from Tony Romo.

“I always watched him from afar,” Moore said. “…He’s obviously one of the best in this league and has done a tremendous job.”

Moore, who went 50-3 as a starter at Boise State, went 29-of-47 for 254 yards with a touchdown and an interception during the preseason.

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