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Matthew Stafford | Quarterback

Team: Detroit Lions
Age / DOB:  (26) / 2/7/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 234
College: Georgia
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Matthew Stafford completed 27-of-40 passes for 299 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions in a comeback win over the Saints Week 7.
Down 23-10 with five minutes left, Stafford started the comeback by hitting Golden Tate for a 73-yard touchdown to close the gap to 23-17. After a Drew Brees interception, Stafford found Corey Fuller in the back of the end zone for the game-winning touchdown. Stafford did not play well, but he made plays when it counted. Stafford gets the Falcons in London next week. Oct 19 - 4:18 PM

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Matthew Stafford completed 19-of-33 passes for 185 yards and one touchdown against the Vikings Week 6.

Stafford struggled without Calvin Johnson, missing several open receivers early in the game. The Lions pass catchers did not help by dropping several catchable balls as well. Stafford now has two total touchdowns and a 57.8 percent completion percentage over the last two games. He will be a shaky QB1 as long as Calvin Johnson is out.
Oct 12 - 4:18 PM

Matthew Stafford completed 17-of-30 passes for 223 yards, one touchdown, and an interception in Sunday's Week 5 loss to Buffalo.

Stafford had to play without Calvin Johnson and Reggie Bush for most of the second half after both left with ankle injuries. He threw a nine-yard touchdown to Golden Tate for his only touchdown, and was intercepted by Stephon Gilmore on a pass thrown behind Bush. Stafford was under heavy pressure the entire game and took six sacks. He has a plus matchup with the Vikings in Week 6, but will need to be downgraded if both Johnson and Bush remain sidelined.
Oct 5 - 4:37 PM

Matthew Stafford completed 24-of-34 passes for 293 yards and two touchdowns against the Jets Week 4.

Stafford was sharp early, completing six of his first seven throws and tossing two touchdowns before the break. The Lions' offense slowed down in the second half, allowing the Jets back into the game. Stafford responded, though, by capping off a 90-yard, 7:32 drive with a one-yard rushing touchdown to put the game out of reach. After four games, Stafford is on pace for 4,704 yards with 20 touchdowns and 12 interceptions.
Sep 28 - 4:10 PM

Matthew Stafford was unharmed when a pedestrian bridge collapsed just ahead of him on the Southfield Freeway in Michigan early Friday morning.

Stafford was on his way to practice around 6 AM when the bridge collapsed. He had to leave his vehicle stranded on the freeway as one of the first motorists on the scene, and was escorted to the Lions' facility by a team employee. One citizen died in the accident. It's been an odd week for the Lions. MLB Stephen Tulloch tore his ACL celebrating a sack last Sunday, and TE Joseph Fauria suffered a serious ankle injury at his home Wednesday evening.
Source: MLive.com
Sep 26 - 10:03 AM

Matthew Stafford completed 22-of-34 passes for 246 yards, zero touchdowns and two interceptions in the Lions' 19-7, Week 3 win over the Packers, also losing a fumble.

The Lions winning a game where Stafford commits three turnovers is a bit like a total solar eclipse. Aaron Rodgers wasn't any better for the Packers, however, while Stafford kept the chains moving in a low-scoring game. All three of Stafford's turnovers were regrettable, and his mechanics weren't exactly in tip-top shape. He has a lot to clean up ahead of next week's trip to the Meadowlands to take on Rex Ryan's Jets.
Sep 21 - 3:57 PM

Matthew Stafford completed 27-of-48 throws for 291 yards, a touchdown, and an interception in the Lions' Week 2 loss to the Panthers.

He took four sacks and added an eight-yard scramble. The Lions' protection was generally overwhelmed by the Panthers' dominant defensive front, particularly late in the game, and even without RE Greg Hardy. Stafford owners need to shake off this relatively slow game and start him with confidence as an elite QB1 when Detroit takes on Green Bay's far-inferior defense in Week 3.
Sep 14 - 5:21 PM

Coach Jim Caldwell said Matthew Stafford did a "tremendous job in terms of making good decisions" in the Lions' Week 1 win over the Giants.

"I think you saw him spread the ball around quite a bit," Caldwell continued. "I thought he did a nice job of not forcing the ball. He did take some check-downs that ended up being pretty sizable plays for us." It's notable because in the past Stafford had been known to force the ball to Calvin Johnson. He didn't do that Monday. Stafford completed 68.8 percent of his passes, a feat he'd accomplished just twice in his previous 32 starts. With an improved arsenal of weapons and a better coaching staff, Stafford is a legitimate top-end QB1 option.
Sep 10 - 9:45 AM

Matthew Stafford completed 22-of-32 passes for 346 yards and two touchdowns in the Lions' Week 1 win over the Giants on Monday night.

He added a five-yard rushing touchdown on the ground. One of the goals of the new coaching staff was to make Stafford more efficient. All signs are positive after one game. Stafford entered 2014 with a 59.5 career completion percentage; he completed 68.8 percent of his passes Monday. Stafford went through his progressions and was his usual self, making some ridiculous throws thanks to his rocket arm. While moving away from his receiver, Stafford flicked a 16-yard touchdown pass into the back of the end zone to Calvin Johnson. (Both scores went to Megatron.) Stafford and the Lions head to Carolina in Week 2. He should flirt with top-five QB numbers this season.
Sep 8 - 10:35 PM

Matthew Stafford completed 10-of-16 passes for 98 yards and an interception in the Lions' third preseason game Friday night.

The interception was Stafford's first of the preseason. He tried forcing a pass to Calvin Johnson and got baited into a pick in the first quarter, but was able to bounce back. Stafford has top-three quarterback upside if he can cut down on his career-high 21 turnovers from last year. He'll finish the preseason 21-of-30 for 204 yards (9.71 YPA) with two touchdowns and one interception.
Aug 22 - 9:58 PM

Matthew Stafford completed 9-of-10 passes for 88 yards and two touchdowns in Friday night's preseason game against the Raiders.

Stafford capitalized on an early Matt Schaub interception by hitting a wide open Golden Tate for a 28-yard score, and capped an 11-play, 58-yard drive with a four-yard touchdown to Kris Durham. Every report about Stafford has been glowing this preseason, and he is backing up those reports on the field. He is our No. 4 fantasy quarterback.
Aug 15 - 11:21 PM

Matthew Satfford has yet to throw an interception in team drills at training camp.

It's the first thing new OC Joe Lombardi mentioned when talking about his quarterback. The Lions have been pleased with Stafford's progress under the new coaching staff and have been lauding his improved mechanics. After tossing a four-year high 19 picks last season, with 11 of them across the final six games, Lombardi has made it a point to get Stafford under control. He's our No. 4 fantasy signal caller, behind Peyton, Rodgers, and Brees.
Aug 8 - 9:24 AM

Coach Jim Caldwell is "impressed" by how Matthew Stafford is performing early in training camp.

Stafford has a firm grasp on the new scheme and is also flashing improved mechanics. "In every facet when he came back, I could see improvement — footwork, accuracy, timing, command of the offense, all of those things," Caldwell said. With Golden Tate and Eric Ebron added to an already potent attack, Stafford's arrow is pointing up. He's our No. 4 quarterback behind only Peyton Manning, Aaron Rodgers and Drew Brees.
Jul 28 - 10:55 AM

Matthew Stafford is expected to have more freedom to change plays pre-snap under new OC Joe Lombardi.

Lombardi comes from a New Orleans system in which Drew Brees is allowed to improvise freely at the line. Brees earned that right through his play, and new coach Jim Caldwell cautioned Stafford will earn more pre-snap responsibilities the longer he spends in the offense. More freedom at the line could bring more efficiency for Stafford, who has completed more than 60% of his passes only once in his five-year career, and should allow Stafford to put Calvin Johnson and Golden Tate in better positions to make plays. It could also allow the Lions' offense to play faster snap to snap. Stafford is a clear-cut QB1 with top-3 upside.
Jun 12 - 11:12 PM

Lions OC Joe Lombardi is happy with Matthew Stafford's mechanics progress.

The Lions brought in three accomplished quarterback tutors in Jim Caldwell, Lombardi and QBs coach Jim Bob Cooter. They've spent the offseason fine-tuning Stafford's much-maligned footwork after his completion rate sunk to 58.5 last season. "Like most quarterbacks, when his feet are right, the passes are usually right," Lombardi said. With a deep and explosive array of weapons, Stafford is set up for a monstrous campaign. He just can't get sloppy with the fundamentals.
May 29 - 10:44 AM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Matthew Stafford
2Dan Orlovsky
3Kellen Moore
RB1Reggie Bush
2Joique Bell
3Theo Riddick
4George Winn
GLB1Joique Bell
2Reggie Bush
3RB1Reggie Bush
2Joique Bell
FB1Jed Collins
WR11Calvin Johnson
2Jeremy Ross
3T.J. Jones
WR21Golden Tate
2Corey Fuller
3Ryan Broyles
WR31Jeremy Ross
TE1Brandon Pettigrew
2Eric Ebron
3Joseph Fauria
4Jordan Thompson
5Kellen Davis
K1Matt Prater