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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-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

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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

Reggie Bush said the Lions' new offensive scheme is "exactly the same" as the one he learned with the Saints.

First-year OC Joe Lombardi spent the last seven years as a Saints assistant. During that time, New Orleans ranked first, second, first, sixth, first, first and fourth in total offense. In Detroit, Lombardi and Matthew Stafford will have even better weapons in Calvin Johnson, Golden Tate, Eric Ebron, Bush and Joique Bell. They're installing the up-tempo philosophy that is the trademark of the game's truly elite offenses. Stafford is a clear-cut top-five fantasy quarterback as he executes the Drew Brees role.
May 22 - 8:05 AM

New Lions coach Jim Caldwell is adamant that he can fix Matthew Stafford's mechanics.

Specifically, Caldwell wants Stafford to improve his throwing habits in practice. "Every single time you throw, you throw at a target," Caldwell said. "You work on your accuracy just constantly and you look at small targets. That's what gets you accustomed to being able to pinpoint your accuracy." Stafford has had a cavalier attitude about his cavalier throws, but it's not going to fly with Caldwell. Stafford's 58.5 completion percentage last season was his lowest since his rookie year.
Source: MLive.com
Mar 25 - 4:54 PM

Lions hired Jim Bob Cooter as quarterbacks coach.

Matthew Stafford said he didn't want or need a tutor to work on his mechanics. He now has three coaches with strong backgrounds in QB coaching. Head coach Jim Caldwell helped develop Peyton Manning in Indy, OC Joe Lombardi was Drew Brees' position coach in New Orleans and Cooter spent last year with Manning in Denver. We're fully expecting Stafford's completion percentage to rise and his interceptions to drop under the new regime.
Feb 10 - 12:00 PM

New Lions OC Joe Lombardi hinted that he sees Matthew Stafford's footwork as a correctable problem.

It's a bit of a touchy subject in Detroit because of Stafford's past opposition to changing his mechanics, but good news that Lombardi has identified this as an issue. "Matthew has got such a talented arm that I think there are times when he is making throws that you say, 'Hey, maybe you shouldn't have thrown that because of the position of your feet' or whatnot," said Lombardi. A QBs coach by trade, Lombardi worked with technically sound Drew Brees for the last seven years in New Orleans. He's going to prioritize improving Stafford's mechanics.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 7 - 2:26 PM

New OC Joe Lombardi was hired "chiefly" because the Lions believe he can help rejuvenate Matthew Stafford.

Lombardi has been working with Drew Brees/Sean Payton since 2007, first as a Saints offensive assistant and then as their quarterbacks coach. "I feel like we were right on the cutting edge of creativity with what we were able to do with personnel and that kind of thing (in New Orleans)," Brees said. "I see some similarities, obviously, to what Detroit has with their offensive personnel. I'm sure [Lombardi] is going to be very creative with those guys. It's just his talent." Stafford will also be getting tutelage from new head coach Jim Caldwell, who spent a decade coaching Peyton Manning. Stafford's mechanics and efficiency are excellent bets to improve in 2014, though his passing volume may take a slight hit.
Source: MLive.com
Feb 3 - 9:59 AM

Lions GM Martin Mayhew admitted that "there certainly has to be some work done" with Matthew Stafford.

Stafford's completion percentage has dipped three consecutive seasons, falling from 63.5 percent in 2011 to 59.8 in 2012 to 58.5 this past season. He also turned the ball over a career-worst 23 times in 2013, while his footwork remains shoddy. The Lions have brought in some quality men to work with Stafford. New coach Jim Caldwell has a history with quarterbacks, and new OC Joe Lombardi spent the past seven seasons with Drew Brees. We remain high on Stafford for 2014.
Source: MLive.com
Jan 26 - 10:42 AM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Matthew Stafford
2Dan Orlovsky
3Kellen Moore
RB1Reggie Bush
2Joique Bell
3Theo Riddick
GLB1Reggie Bush
2Joique Bell
3RB1Reggie Bush
2Joique Bell
FB1Jed Collins
2Montell Owens
WR11Calvin Johnson
2Kevin Ogletree
3Jeremy Ross
4T.J. Jones
WR21Golden Tate
2Ryan Broyles
3Corey Fuller
WR31Kevin Ogletree
TE1Brandon Pettigrew
2Eric Ebron
3Joseph Fauria
K1Nate Freese