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Matthew Stafford | Quarterback

Team: Detroit Lions
Age / DOB:  (27) / 2/7/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 234
College: Georgia
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Matthew Stafford has reportedly shown improved accuracy during offseason workouts.
"He has a better feel for the system," coach Jim Caldwell said. "You can see our timing's better, receivers have a better sense of the routes they're running." Stafford threw just 12 interceptions in 2014, his lowest total in four years. The Lions expect him to outperform last season's 60.3 completion rate. Stafford is a bounce-back candidate in his second year with OC Joe Lombardi. Jun 24 - 5:23 PM

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OC Joe Lombardi wants Matthew Stafford to take more chances with the football this season.

The Lions pulled the reins in on Stafford last season, asking him to take a more conservative/game-managing approach as they rode an elite defense. It resulted in a career-low 12 interceptions and an 11-5 record, but the Lions were held under 20 points seven times. "I thought that he played smart football (last year), and sometimes to a fault," Lombardi said. "We'll look to him to maybe take a few more chances this year with the football. He's got the arm to do it and he's got the receivers to throw it to."
Apr 2 - 9:00 AM

Lions coach Jim Caldwell is confident Matthew Stafford will continue to "grow and develop."

He praised Stafford's work ethic, intelligence and toughness. "He has all those things in abundance," Caldwell said. "I just think you’ll continue to see him grow and develop." Caldwell's assessment comes despite the fact that he's already on record as wanting to pass less in 2015. Now 27, Stafford has proven to be a quarterback the Lions can win with, but his progress has been frustratingly incremental.
Mar 31 - 2:56 PM

Lions coach Jim Caldwell wants to pass less in 2015.

Matthew Stafford attempted 602 passes last season, a four-year low, but also the fifth most in the league. "When I tell you that we're not going to throw the ball any more than we threw it (last year), that's a fact," Caldwell said. "If we do throw it more, that means we're behind, we're struggling, we're not winning, we're not a very good football team, plain and simple." Despite Caldwell's pleas for a more Cowboys-esque offense, we'd be shocked if Stafford didn't again finish in the top 7-8 in attempts.
Mar 26 - 6:47 PM

Matthew Stafford completed 28-of-42 passes for 323 yards, one touchdown, and one interception in the Lions' Wild Card Round loss to the Cowboys.

Stafford showed spectacular pocket movement on Detroit's opening drive, shaking off pressure to deliver a 51-yard touchdown strike to Golden Tate. Stafford got away with a would-be interception on a second-quarter pass intended for Calvin Johnson in the end zone. The pass was dropped by Cowboys LB Bruce Carter deep down the middle. Dallas did get Stafford on the opening play of the second half, as SLB Kyle Wilber picked him off on a pass tipped at the line by RE Jeremy Mincey. Detroit was outscored by Dallas 24-6 after the first quarter. Stafford's stats were down in his first season under OC Joe Lombardi, but he became a better pocket quarterback and set a three-year best in completion rate (60.3%). With Megatron healthy, Stafford could be a value pick in 2015 re-draft leagues.
Jan 4 - 8:04 PM

Matthew Stafford completed 20-of-41 passes for 217 yards and three touchdowns in the Lions' 30-20, Week 17 loss to the Packers.

With the Lions playing for a division title, Stafford wasn't close to good enough, sailing passes all afternoon long. The game was only competitive for the two series Aaron Rodgers missed with a calf injury. Stafford's 48.8 completion percentage was his second lowest of the season. He ends the regular season with 4,257 yards and a 22:12 TD:INT ratio. Today's three-score effort was just his second of the year. Stafford will have to be twice as good if the Lions are to have any shot against the Cowboys in the Wild Card round. Stafford's Lions have never beaten a team with a winning record on the road.
Sun, Dec 28, 2014 07:51:00 PM

Matthew Stafford completed 22-of-39 passes for 243 yards with zero touchdowns and two interceptions in Sunday's Week 16 win at Chicago.

Stafford was not sharp at all. Both of his interceptions came in the red-zone and both were ill-advised throws. He also missed a wide open Joique Bell on a wheel route that would have gone for a touchdown in the second half. This is the fourth time this season Stafford has failed to throw a touchdown pass and he has just 19 of them through 15 games. The Lions will need much more out of Stafford if they're going to win the NFC North at Green Bay in Week 17.
Sun, Dec 21, 2014 04:45:00 PM

Matthew Stafford completed 17-of-28 throws for 153 yards and a touchdown in the Lions' Week 16 win over the Vikings.

The Lions lost the time-of-possession battle and couldn't generate explosive plays in the passing game with Xavier Rhodes draped all over Calvin Johnson. At least Stafford did not turn the football over, though it was a step back following his red-hot Weeks 13 and 14 performances. Expect a bounce-back week for Stafford and Megatron in Week 16 against the Bears' barely-there defense.
Sun, Dec 14, 2014 07:14:00 PM

Matthew Stafford completed 26-of-34 passes for 311 yards and three touchdowns in the Lions' Week 14 win over the Bucs.

Stafford was sharp early, completing 17-of-21 passes for 149 yards and a score in the first half. He continued to shred the Bucs defense following the break, and now has 701 yards and five touchdowns with zero interceptions over the last two weeks. Stafford will be a solid QB1 at home against the Vikings in Week 15.
Sun, Dec 7, 2014 04:06:00 PM

Matthew Stafford completed 34-of-45 passes for 390 yards and two touchdowns in Detroit's 34-17, Week 13 win over the Bears.

Stafford and the Lions walked all over the pathetic Bears, with Stafford rolling up 275 yards and both of his scores before halftime. The game wasn't in doubt after the first quarter. Stafford got off to a shaky start, sloppily sidearming his first pass attempt for a third-down incompletion, but was in the zone thereafter, finding Calvin Johnson 11 times for 146 yards and two touchdowns. Stafford's trust of Megatron in tight coverage is steely. With today arguably the best game of his season, Stafford now gets three more cakewalk matchups for the fantasy playoffs. He'll be an every-week QB1 down the stretch.
Thu, Nov 27, 2014 03:51:00 PM

Matthew Stafford has been sacked 33 times this season, just three off his career-worst mark from 2011.

Only Colin Kaepernick has been sacked more times this season (34). Stafford is getting taken down once every 12.6 dropbacks, a preposterous number that's helped contribute to his recent anemic play. Things may not get any better in Week 13, as there's a good chance the Lions will be missing LT Riley Reiff (knee) on a short week.
Tue, Nov 25, 2014 06:52:00 PM

Matthew Stafford completed just 18-of-46 throws for 264 yards and an interception in the Lions' Week 12 loss to the Patriots.

The Lions' offense has been all kinds of out of sorts this season. That continued Sunday as Detroit was unable to get anything going outside the numbers versus RCB Brandon Browner and LCB Darrelle Revis. Stafford played wildly and panicked, and put a stamp on another miserable game with a fourth-quarter duck interception "complete" to Patriots CB Logan Ryan. Although Stafford has been a major 2014 disappointment, he has a favorable enough schedule to finish strong, facing the Bears twice, the Buccaneers, and the Vikings in the final month of the fantasy football season. He'll be a borderline QB1, albeit with top-shelf QB1 upside on Thanksgiving against Chicago.
Sun, Nov 23, 2014 04:38:00 PM

Matthew Stafford completed 18-of-30 passes for 183 yards, zero touchdowns and one interception in Detroit's 14-6, Week 11 loss to the Cardinals.

Stafford also committed a fumble, but the Lions recovered. Stafford has historically struggled in the desert, and today wasn't any different. He had little time to throw, which was a bad combination with Arizona's sticky coverage of Calvin Johnson and Golden Tate. Stafford's pick was an ill-advised deep ball to Megatron. Stafford was expected to take off with the return of his No. 1 receiver, but has instead been shaky through two tough matchups. Things won't get any easier in Week 12, as the Lions must venture to New England. Things ease up significantly after that, however.
Sun, Nov 16, 2014 07:26:00 PM

Matthew Stafford completed 25-of-40 passes for 280 yards, two touchdowns and an interception in Detroit's 20-16, Week 10 win over the Dolphins.

With his No. 1 receiver, Calvin Johnson, finally back in tow, Stafford had a solid day against one of the league's best defenses. Even in the face of strong coverage from Brent Grimes, Stafford found Megatron seven times for 113 yards and a touchdown. Calvin pasted Grimes for a 49-yard score on Detroit's second possession, while Stafford's second throw was a ridiculous sidearm number to Theo Riddick with just 0:29 remaining in the game. Stafford's INT was an under-thrown ball for Johnson in the end zone. With the planet's best wideout back at his side, Stafford will be an elite QB1 for Week 11 against the Cardinals' shaky pass defense.
Sun, Nov 9, 2014 04:48:00 PM

Matthew Stafford completed 24-of-47 passes for 325 yards, two touchdowns and an interception against the Falcons in London Week 8.

The Lions' offense sleepwalked through the first half in London, but came alive in the second to score 22 unanswered points. Stafford struggled all game, but was able to put it together when it mattered, leading a 63-yard game-winning drive with only 1:38 to go in the fourth. After eight games, Stafford is on pace for 4,432 yards, 22 touchdowns and 14 interceptions this season.
Sun, Oct 26, 2014 12:47:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Matthew Stafford
2Dan Orlovsky
3Kellen Moore
4Garrett Gilbert
RB1Joique Bell
2Ameer Abdullah
3Theo Riddick
4George Winn
5Zach Zenner
GLB1Joique Bell
2Ameer Abdullah
3RB1Theo Riddick
2Ameer Abdullah
FB1Mike Burton
2Emil Igwenagu
WR11Calvin Johnson
2Corey Fuller
3T.J. Jones
4Andrew Peacock
5Vernon Johnson
WR21Golden Tate
2Jeremy Ross
3Ryan Broyles
4Lance Moore
5Greg Salas
WR31Corey Fuller
TE1Eric Ebron
2Brandon Pettigrew
3Joseph Fauria
4Jordan Thompson
5David Ausberry
K1Matt Prater
2Kyle Brindza