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Matthew Stafford | Quarterback | #9

Team: Detroit Lions
Age / DOB:  (28) / 2/7/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 226
College: Georgia
Drafted: 2009 / Rd. 1 (1) / DET
Contract: view contract details

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Matthew Stafford completed 14-of-23 passes for 95 yards and an interception in Detroit's third preseason game.
Stafford was mostly in command outside of his interception. He's coming off a strong finish to 2015, but is a candidate to take a step back without Calvin Johnson. The Lions offensive line remains a concern despite their offseason additions. Stafford has completed 26-of-40 passes for 266 yards and no touchdowns through three preseason games. Aug 27 - 9:14 PM

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The Lions' offense has utilized a no-huddle look on 62 percent of their plays during the preseason.

Detroit used no-huddle on just 7.0 percent of plays last season, finishing 30th in situation-neutral pace according to Football Outsiders. Both numbers should be significantly higher this year. "The faster you can push the tempo, when you want to, really, it just makes it more stressful on the defense," Matthew Stafford said. "If you feel like you're playing at a normal speed, and they think you're playing really fast, it feels a whole lot better for us." Stafford shined with OC Jim Bob Cooter calling the shots late last season, and the coordinator is molding his system to Stafford's strengths again this year. Currently the 16th fantasy quarterback off the board, it is possible Stafford is being undervalued.
Aug 25 - 8:48 AM

Matthew Stafford said he hopes the offense is more balanced this season.

"Any time you can be balanced it’s going to help keep defenses off-balance," Stafford said. "For us, and really anybody in the NFL, you kind of throw the ball to score points, and you got to run the ball to win the game at the end. We started doing that the second half of the season last year." Lions running backs saw about five extra carries a game over the second half of the season, although Ameer Abdullah was the only runner who improved his efficiency. Abdullah is back atop the depth chart this year, and a big season from him would do nothing but help Stafford and the passing game.
Jul 30 - 8:46 AM

With Calvin Johnson retired, Matthew Stafford expects to "spread the ball around a bunch" this season.

Stafford thinks the absence of a clear No. 1 option like Johnson could actually make things more difficult for opposing defenses. "It’s gonna, I think, be tougher for defenses in a certain way that they don’t know who we’re going to," Stafford said. "A bunch of guys are gonna get a ton of catches and we’re gonna be alright." Free-agent addition Marvin Jones and Golden Tate should take on the majority of Johnson's targets, but the Lions will need people like Eric Ebron, Theo Riddick, and T.J. Jones to step up.
Jun 21 - 11:00 AM

New Lions GM Bob Quinn confirms he has "no interest" in trading Matthew Stafford.

It's unclear why the question was even asked. For as inconsistent as he's been, Stafford is not someone the Lions can afford to trade away. A look at the league-wide desperation at the quarterback spot is a reminder of why even frustrating talents like Stafford keep their jobs. Still somehow only 28 years old, Stafford is due $33.5 million over the next two years before coming up for free agency.
Apr 21 - 4:20 PM

Following the Lions' Week 9 bye last season, Matthew Stafford completed 70 percent of his passes for 2,179 yards (7.4 YPA), 19 touchdowns, and just two interceptions.

OC Jim Bob Cooter took over for the fired Joe Lombardi in Week 8, but didn't get his hands on the offense until Week 10. When he did, Stafford's game took off. He finished with the best eight-game stretch in team history. "If you really like what you’re running, you can be really successful," Stafford said. "If you have a great relationship with the guys around you, and the guy calling the plays, you can be really successful." Stafford is still just 28 and theoretically entering the prime of his career. The biggest concern for his fantasy outlook is the retirement of Calvin Johnson.
Apr 20 - 9:27 AM

Lions GM Bob Quinn said "it's really good football business" to draft a quarterback "every year or every other year."

"There’s such a value in the position and nowadays in college football there’s a lot of spread offenses, which means it’s a lot different than pro football," Quinn said. "So it takes these young quarterbacks time to develop. So if you can add a young quarterback every year or every other year to your roster, it’s good football business in my mind." Matthew Stafford is locked in as the starter, but it would be smart for the Lions to add a developmental option behind him and aging backup Dan Orlovsky. It would be a surprise if Quinn did not dip into the quarterback pool on the third day of the draft.
Apr 2 - 12:31 PM

Matthew Stafford completed 28-of-39 passes for 298 yards and three touchdowns in the Lions' Week 17 win over the Bears.

The Lions' season circled the drain during a brutal 1-7 start, but Stafford found new life after the Week 8 firing of OC Joe Lombardi. Under the direction of interim OC Jim Bob Cooter from Week 10 on, Stafford amassed a sterling 19:2 TD-to-INT ratio in Detroit's final eight games and completed nearly 70 percent of his passes during that stretch. A cupcake second-half schedule certainly played a role, however, while 30-year-old Calvin Johnson showed clear signs of decline. It's possible Stafford will be overvalued in 2016 fantasy drafts based on his red-hot finish. Either way, it's clear that Stafford isn't the problem in Detroit.
Jan 3 - 5:01 PM

Matthew Stafford said he wants OC Jim Bob Cooter to be back next season.

"It’s not my decision, I just know we’re playing really well on offense right now and I’m having a good time," Stafford said. "He’s a smart guy. It’s not my decision, but I’d like to have him back, no question." Stafford has found his groove under Cooter, throwing 16 touchdowns to just two interceptions since the Lions' Week 9 bye. He has completed 68 percent of his attempts over that span. Cooter's future likely is tied to the fate of coach Jim Caldwell, but it would not be unheard of for the offensive coordinator to be retained if a defensive minded head coach is hired. Detroit will have important decisions to make regarding the front office and coaching staff this offseason.
Sun, Dec 27, 2015 07:55:00 PM

Matthew Stafford completed 29-of-37 passes for 301 yards and two touchdowns in the Lions' Week 16 win over San Francisco.

He added 11 yards on five scrambles. Stafford's TD-to-INT ratio since the Lions' Week 9 bye is now improved to 16:2. Stafford was mostly sharp in this one, connecting on high-percentage throws as the Lions went back to leaning on their passing game to keep their offense on the field. Detroit will finish its 2015 season against the Bears in Week 17. When those teams met in Week 6, Stafford sprayed Chicago with four touchdown passes.
Sun, Dec 27, 2015 04:52:00 PM

Matthew Stafford completed 22-of-25 passes for 254 yards and three touchdowns and rushed four times for -1 yard in the Lions' Week 15 win over the Saints.

His 88.0 completion percentage set a Lions' single-game record (minimum 20 passes). Stafford was automatic in the first half, going 12-for-13 for 142 yards and three touchdowns. Two of those went to Golden Tate, who has now caught four touchdowns over his last two games. Stafford moved ahead of Joe Theismann for 66th on the all-time passing yards list with Monday’s performance. He’s thrown 12 touchdowns to just one interception over his last four games. Stafford will be a borderline QB1 against San Francisco in Week 16.
Tue, Dec 22, 2015 12:05:00 AM

Matthew Stafford completed 30-of-46 passes for 245 yards with two touchdowns and one interception and rushed twice for five yards in the Lions' Week 14 loss to the Rams.

Stafford just didn’t have it today. His pick-six was an ugly misfire to Calvin Johnson in the second quarter. He and Megatron never got on the same page. Both of Stafford’s touchdowns went to Golden Tate, who enjoyed one of his better games of the season. Detroit’s last play from scrimmage, a botched snap that Stafford picked up and threw for an incompletion, was a microcosm of the Lions’ season. Stafford will be a good bet to get back on track against the Saints' league-worst pass defense in Week 15.
Sun, Dec 13, 2015 04:49:00 PM

Matthew Stafford completed 23-of-35 passes for 220 yards and two touchdowns in Detroit's 27-23, Week 13 loss to the Packers.

This one is going to leave a mark. The Lions came out sizzling, building a 20-0 lead against a discombobulated, frustrated Packers team. They then proceeded to go into a shell and bleed their cushion away. The final play of the game was a Hail Mary touchdown from Aaron Rodgers, one that may have saved the Packers' season while officially ending Detroit's. Stafford uncorked some absolute beauties early on, including a GIF-able strike to Calvin Johnson in the end zone, but struggled to make plays for the game's final three quarters. With 75 percent of the season now in the books, Stafford is on pace for 4,219 yards and 29 touchdowns. The scores would be tied for his most since 2011. Stafford will be on the QB1 borderline for next week's trip to St. Louis.
Thu, Dec 3, 2015 11:49:00 PM

Matthew Stafford completed 27-of-38 passes for 337 yards and five touchdowns in Detroit's 45-14, Week 12 win over the Eagles.

Stafford did whatever he wanted in his best game since 2011, taking deep shots and dump offs alike. He was throwing frozen ropes, and putting them on the money. Stafford found Calvin Johnson for three of his five scores, with Theo Riddick and Golden Tate catching the others. It was a highly impressive day, though it came against a defense that's packed it in for the season. The Eagles' scheme was embarrassingly bad, while LCB Nolan Carroll departed early with a broken ankle. Stafford will come back down to earth against the Packers in Week 13, but will still be on the QB1 radar.
Thu, Nov 26, 2015 03:45:00 PM

Matthew Stafford completed 22-of-35 passes for 282 yards in the Lions' 18-13, Week 11 win over the Raiders, adding six rushes for 31 yards and a touchdown.

In a ragged game, it was Stafford's legs that made the difference. With the Lions trailing 13-9, Stafford ad-libbed an 18-yard scramble before rushing up the middle for a five-yard touchdown on a designed run. The rushing score was Stafford's first of the season. He enters the Lions' Thanksgiving game against the Eagles with only 16 total touchdowns, but will be in the QB1 conversation against the Eagles' collapsing defense.
Sun, Nov 22, 2015 04:30:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Matthew Stafford
2Dan Orlovsky
3Jake Rudock
RB1Ameer Abdullah
2Theo Riddick
3Zach Zenner
4Dwayne Washington
5George Winn
GLB1Zach Zenner
2Ameer Abdullah
3RB1Theo Riddick
2Ameer Abdullah
FB1Mike Burton
WR11Golden Tate
2Anquan Boldin
3Andre Roberts
4Corey Fuller
5Quinshad Davis
WR21Marvin Jones
2T.J. Jones
3Jeremy Kerley
4Jay Lee
5Jace Billingsley
WR31Anquan Boldin
TE1Eric Ebron
2Brandon Pettigrew
3Matthew Mulligan
4Cole Wick
5Andrew Quarless
LT1Taylor Decker
2Cornelius Lucas
3Corey Robinson
LG1Laken Tomlinson
2Joe Dahl
C1Travis Swanson
2Graham Glasgow
3Gabe Ikard
RG1Larry Warford
2Geoff Schwartz
3Chase Farris
RT1Riley Reiff
2Michael Ola
3Luke Marquardt
K1Matt Prater
2Devon Bell