While Jared Goff is firmly entrenched as the team's starting signal-caller, the backup job is up for grabs.
Both Blough and Boyle are relatively inexperienced passers. Blough last started a game in 2019, in the place of an injured Matthew Stafford. Meanwhile, Boyle started three games in 2021, in relief of a hampered Goff.
Blough and Boyle are winless in their combined eight starts as starting QBs. Blough went 0-5 in 2019, while Boyle went 0-3 a season ago.
In total, Blough, a Purdue product, has suited up for seven games, and has completed 54.3 percent of his passes for 1,033 yards, four touchdowns and seven interceptions.
Boyle, the former backup to Aaron Rodgers in Green Bay, has appeared in 16 games across three seasons, and similarly has struggled to make much of an impact. He's completed 65.3 percent of his pass attempts for 541 yards, three touchdowns and six interceptions.
With the similar numbers and career profiles of Blough and Boyle, the competition for the No. 2 QB job has been intense at the Lions' practice facility in Allen Park.
"Man, really, I think it's brought the best out of our team," Blough told reporters Tuesday, in reference to the immense level of competition present among a variety of positions on the Lions' roster. "Like, we just go out and compete. There's competition at every position, I think, in the NFL. This is year No. 4 now. You see guys every year come in, and you just got to compete. We all want to make the most of our opportunities, every single guy wants to compete. And, at the end of the day, we have a great staff up there who's going to make decisions. It's not up to us. We just go and compete. So, it's exciting to even be in the position, to be here in Allen Park and compete for a job."
With as tight of a competition there is between Blough and Boyle for the backup gig, Detroit's three preseason games should play a large role in determining both who lands the job and whether the Lions carry three quarterbacks going into the regular season.
"I'm ready to get hit," a laughing Blough said. "I'm excited. It really is special, every opportunity you get, whether it is a preseason or regular season game. To go and play against other guys who have the same dreams that we do and compete, yeah, you want the ball in your hands with 2:00 to go, to go win a game. And, I think that's how a lot of those preseason games come down to, and that'll be fun Friday night."
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"I think we’re taking it as it comes, but both those guys had a good week last week, Boyle and Blough," Campbell expressed. "I feel like they’re both better than they were in the spring.
"But, I would say it’s still early in camp. Until we get these preseason games, I think that will tell a lot for us."
Campbell also gave his evaluation of the two quarterbacks to reporters Tuesday.
"I think they’re both different in what they do," Campbell said. "Blough is a little scrappier, he’s more of a ‘Man, he’s going to find a way.' That’s what he’s about, but he can certainly run the offense.
"Boyle’s got all the gifts, all the traits. He just consistently doing it. Again, I think he’s got to do it in the preseason games, so we can see where he’s progressed from last year."
Boyle was known as a preseason standout with the Packers, often wowing fans and pundits alike with his big arm in both practices and exhibition contests.
However, in his three starts a season ago, he more than proved that he wasn't NFL game ready. He understands that he's going to have to show signs of progression in year No. 2 in Detroit.
"Those reps last year in games for me were critical," Boyle commented. "You don't really know what you know until you're in those game situations, and those three starts I had last year were incredible for my growth as a quarterback, but also gives me some perspective on what I'm doing out here (in practice).
"Once those live bullets are flying and the quarterback is live, stuff gets real. So, I do feel like I'm more comfortable, and I know what to expect next time I'm out on the field."