His completion percentage the last two seasons is 75 percent. He had the highest rating of any quarterback in the league last season —157.9. He led the Lions to two touchdowns in the final 76 seconds at Tennessee last season.

OK granted he’s only played in three games the last two years but as backup quarterbacks go Shaun Hill is better than most.

“He’s an experienced player” coach Jim Schwartz said. “If he goes into the game there’s nobody that’s going to panic — offense defense coaching him. He just has that quiet confidence that you know he can go and get the job done.”

In the exhibition opener last week he completed 11 of 18 passes for 136 yards and a touchdown. He deftly moved the offense 52 yards in 72 seconds to get a field goal before the end of the first half.

He’s 33 and in his 12th season but he’s showing no sign of slowing down. He had offseason foot surgery and he came to camp 10 pounds lighter than he was at the end of last season.

“He also supports (Matthew) Stafford and they have a great relationship” Schwartz said. “He’s always talking to Matt. He does a great job sort of seeing different things and communicating those during practices and games. He also helps our defense. He attacks our defense in practice.