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Matthew Stafford | Quarterback

Team: Detroit Lions
Age / DOB:  (27) / 2/7/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 226
College: Georgia
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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. Nov 26 - 3:45 PM

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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.
Nov 22 - 4:30 PM

Lions president Rod Wood said he does not believe the team needs a complete rebuild.

"We're not as far away as I think people might fear," Wood said. "We were 11-5 last year (and) in the playoffs. Obviously we got off to a very disappointing start this year. There's a few holes that I think we have to fill, but it's not a rebuild. And I think that we can do that hopefully very quickly." The organization can view the poor start at just a case of bad luck if they like, but the reality is this is a team with a concerning lack of talent in key areas on both sides of the ball. Detroit needs to rebuild, but these comments at least suggest Matthew Stafford will stick around after this season. One does not trade a "franchise" quarterback when one has a "contending" team.
Nov 21 - 10:55 AM

Matthew Stafford completed 24-of-38 passes for 242 yards, two touchdowns and an interception in the Lions' Week 10 win over the Packers.

Stafford started the game 1-for-7 and looked on his way to another dreadful performance, but the offensive line did a better job picking up blitzes as the day wore on and Stafford put in a solid performance. His two touchdowns were short strikes to Brandon Pettigrew and Lance Moore, and he escaped pressure to convert a big third down to Calvin Johnson late in the fourth quarter. Stafford looked more comfortable after the bye, and he could be worth a look in a good matchup with the Raiders next week.
Nov 15 - 6:08 PM

Bleacher Report's Jason Cole would expect the Texans, 49ers, Browns, and Jets to have interest in Matthew Stafford should he be made available in the offseason.

In a poll of five league GMs by Cole, they expect at least "3-4 teams" to have interest in Stafford because he's "too talented," while one GM said it would be "insanity" for the Lions to deal Stafford. He doesn't turn 28 until February and will be entering the theoretical "prime" of his career. Any of the four teams above would seem to make sense as a landing spot if the Lions want to move on. Stafford's base salaries in 2016 and 2017 of $17 million and $16.5 million respectively are more than affordable for a young-ish, above-average starter loaded with arm talent.
Nov 11 - 1:09 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Matthew Stafford never bought into ex-OC Joe Lombardi's system.

"(Stafford and Lombardi) were never on the same page," Rapoport said. "The hope now is with new offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter, that Stafford will get back to what he was doing two years ago." Stafford has already played a game under the new OC, and the results were not much different than under Lombardi. Perhaps the bye week gave Detroit time to rethink the offensive approach, but Stafford has no chance to find his 5,000-yard, 40-touchdown form until the Lions figure out how to protect him.
Nov 9 - 12:10 PM's Ian Rapoport reports Matthew Stafford's Lions future beyond 2015 is "very much in doubt."

Rumors about Stafford's Detroit future will run rampant following the firing of GM Martin Mayhew, but we're skeptical. Stafford has proven to be immensely frustrating since coming off the board at No. 1 overall in 2009, but the state of the quarterback position league wide is abysmal. Whoever replaces Mayhew will have to really love someone at the top of the draft to move on from 28-year-old Stafford. If the Lions do cut the cord, teams will be lining up to provide the Georgia product a second chance.
Nov 5 - 1:16 PM

Matthew Stafford completed 22-of-36 passes for 217 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions in the Lions' blowout loss to the Chiefs Week 8 in London.

The offensive coordinator changed, but the offensive problems remained the same. Stafford was under siege all game as the Lions again struggled to pick up extra rushers and apparently still have no idea how to properly execute a hot read. Stafford continually made poor decisions under pressure including a throw across his body to no one in particular on his first interception, though it appeared Ameer Abdullah may have stopped his route short on the play. Stafford’s second pick was an ill-advised late throw across the middle of the field. The ball was tipped into the air by a quick-breaking safety and brought down by Justin Houston. The offense found some momentum in garbage time, but the damage was already done. Until the problems along the offensive line are corrected, Stafford cannot be trusted as a fantasy option. Stafford is on pace for 4,166 yards, 26 touchdowns and 22 interceptions through eight games. The interception total would be a career high.
Nov 1 - 1:01 PM

The Detroit Free Press' Dave Birkett said the Lions could place a bigger emphasis on the deep passing game under new OC Jim Bob Cooter.

Matthew Stafford said not to expect "earth-shattering" changes, but both Calvin Johnson and Eric Ebron hinted more deep passes were in store under the new coordinator. The change in emphasis is good news for Stafford, who has attempted just 21 passes of 20 or more yards this season according to Pro Football Focus.
Oct 29 - 9:31 AM

Matthew Stafford (quad) is listed on the Week 8 injury report, but practicing in full.

The injury isn't a concern for Stafford's status. Stafford is on the low-end QB1 radar for Sunday's London game against Kansas City.
Oct 28 - 4:09 PM

Lions coach Jim Caldwell said part of the decision to promote Jim Bob Cooter to offensive coordinator was his relationship with Matthew Stafford.

"I think that's one of the things that we considered strongly because of the fact that those two worked so closely together," Caldwell said. "It's tough anyway, but it makes it a little bit easier just in terms of the communication. I found it to be that way." Cooter is expected to call the plays, but Caldwell will likely play a big role in game planning each week. The new coaching staff's first order of business will be to find a way to protect Matthew Stafford so he can push the ball downfield to Calvin Johnson more consistently.
Oct 27 - 9:34 AM

X-rays on Matthew Stafford's non-throwing hand came back negative.

No broken bones is a good sign, and Stafford said, "I think it's OK," after the game. An injury to his non-throwing hand is not a huge concern, and there is little reason to believe he will miss next week's game against Kansas City. Stafford played with a glove on the hand after suffering the injury.
Source: ESPN
Oct 26 - 11:06 AM

Matthew Stafford completed 18-of-26 passes for 256 yards and two touchdowns in the Lions' Week 7 loss to the Vikings.

Stafford opened the game balling, hitting Calvin Johnson for a 46-yard strike, and Megatron again for a one-yard score. Eric Ebron stepped up for an early-game 55-yard gain and a red-zone touchdown of his own. The Lions' offense immediately went into stall mode and remained there throughout the second half, as Stafford absorbed seven sacks and Detroit failed to move the sticks. Stafford underwent X-rays on his hand after the game, but said he'll be "fine." The Lions will take on a weak Chiefs pass defense next, but Stafford has not played well enough this season to warrant being approached as more than a fringe fantasy QB1.
Oct 25 - 5:03 PM

Matthew Stafford completed 27-of-42 passes for 405 yards, four touchdowns and one interception in the Lions' Week 6 overtime win over the Bears.

Stafford still showed the tendency for bad decisions -- a fact highlighted by an ill-advised underhand pass which was picked off early in the fourth quarter -- but those decisions were mitigated by Stafford's renewed desire to push the ball downfield. Stafford attempted several deep shots to Calvin Johnson including the 57-yard bomb which set up the game-winning field goal. He also moved well in the pocket to set up several big plays including a well-placed ball to Tim Wright for one of his four touchdowns. As long as he continues to press the issue downfield, Stafford should be able to re-establish himself as a borderline QB1. He will be worth streaming consideration at home against the Vikings next week.
Oct 18 - 5:29 PM

Matthews Stafford said he is ready to "move on" from being benched Week 5 against the Cardinals.

Coach Jim Caldwell reportedly told Stafford at halftime of the Week 5 debacle he would be benched if he threw another interception. He threw another pick early in the third quarter, and Caldwell put him on the bench. Stafford has not played well this season, but problems along the offensive line and in the running game have made his job almost impossible. Even in a good matchup against the Bears this week, Stafford cannot be trusted as a fantasy option.
Source: ESPN
Oct 15 - 9:06 AM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Matthew Stafford
2Dan Orlovsky
RB1Joique Bell
2Ameer Abdullah
3Theo Riddick
4George Winn
GLB1Joique Bell
2Ameer Abdullah
3RB1Theo Riddick
2Ameer Abdullah
FB1Mike Burton
WR11Calvin Johnson
2Lance Moore
3T.J. Jones
WR21Golden Tate
2Corey Fuller
WR31Lance Moore
TE1Eric Ebron
2Tim Wright
3Brandon Pettigrew
LT1Riley Reiff
2Corey Robinson
LG1Laken Tomlinson
C1Travis Swanson
RG1Manuel Ramirez
2Larry Warford
RT1Cornelius Lucas
2LaAdrian Waddle
K1Matt Prater