Matthew Stafford | QB | Detroit Lions
Posted: 10/17/2013 2:03pm et
Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford has sped up his release on his throws this season. He has been sacked nine times in 252 dropbacks, which equates to the second-lowest percentage in the league.
Huddle Up: Stafford's improved throwing motion has helped him regain a spot among fantasy's top QBs as he currently ranks 4th overall with 144 points (Huddle Performance scoring).
Posted: 7/16/2013 11:57pm et
Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford wants to throw the ball less than the 727 times he threw the ball in 2012. The hope is the team will be able to run the ball more in the late in the game and not be forced to throw because they are behind. 'A lot of the time, we were throwing the ball because of circumstance; we were behind in games late in the game and it's tough to justify handing the ball off a lot and trying to get back into it," Stafford said. 'That was kind of a thing of circumstance but at the same time we have to find a way to be more explosive in the run game and a little bit more balanced as well.'
Huddle Up: With 1,390 pass attempts over the past 2 seasons -- 63 more than any other NFL QB -- Stafford has racked up fantasy points aplenty for himself and wideout Calvin Johnson, but that isn't necessarily the best recipe for the team's bottom (W-L) line. The Lions haven't had a fantasy RB worth starting in years, but Reggie Bush figures to change that this fall, providing the squad with a little more of that needed balance.
Posted: 7/14/2013 11:17am et
Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford's recent three-year contract extension will raise the average annual value of his deal to approximately $15.3 million. Entering 2013, only five of the league's other 31 starting quarterbacks have a contract that pays them more annually, according to info compiled by The Detroit Free Press' Dave Birkett.
Huddle Up: Does that translate into Stafford being the 6th-best fantasy QB available in 2013 drafts? Not quite, but don't discount Stafford's 10,005 combined passing yards over the past 2 seasons -- ranking 3rd among all QBs -- and the strong probability that his disappointing 2012 TD total of 20 is almost certain to take a jump after he tossed 41 only a year earlier.
Posted: 7/10/2013 12:52am et
Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford's new contract extension has $53 million worth of new money included in the new deal, including a reported $41.5 million in guaranteed money, according to ESPN.com. Stafford will be under contract with the Lions through the 2017 season.
Huddle Up: With 2 years remaining on Stafford's 6-year, $78 million rookie contract, the Lions locked up the QB for 3 additional seasons and securing the throwing half of arguably the league's top pitch-and-catch duos.
Posted: 7/9/2013 2:57pm et
Updating a previous report, the Detroit Lions are expected to sign QB Matthew Stafford to a 5-year contract extension that will pay somewhere around $75 million as soon as Tuesday, July, 9.
Huddle Up: Locking up the top QBs has been the theme all offseason, and it looks like the first-overall pick of the 2009 draft is next in line for the big $$$. Stafford was plagued by injury issues his first 2 seasons, missing a combined 19 games, but he's been healthy over the past 2 years, topping 4,900 passing yards each season.
Posted: 6/9/2013 1:01pm et
Detroit Lions president Tom Lewand said the team is still talking with QB Matthew Stafford about a contract extension, but the team will have to turn its focus on the season if a deal can be done by a certain point. 'We've still got some discussion to have, but at some point in time we'll either get a deal done or we'll focus on football,' Lewand said. 'It's a different dynamic when you have two years left on a contract versus one. Most of them get done with a year left. And we've worked through a lot of those issues and continue to do that, want to continue the dialogue. But at some point in time we'll either have a deal or we'll agree that the focus needs to be on what's going on on the field.'
Huddle Up: Stafford, who's been a top-10 fantasy QB in each of the past 2 seasons, and his agent are trying to strike when the NFL QB market is hot (i.e. the recent deals for Joe Flacco, Aaron Rodgers and Tony Romo), but it's definitely not a pressing matter at this point.
Posted: 4/14/2013 11:47pm et
Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford will be at the team's facility Monday, April 15, for the start of the offseason program, and he has been at the facility almost every other day since the end of the 2012 regular season. It is a departure from his first few years in the league when he spent large chunks of time doing rehab in Florida, or in his native Texas or adoptive Georgia doing offseason training. 'There is not a guy that's done more for this franchise in this offseason than Matthew Stafford,' team president Tom Lewand said. 'The guy's been in the building every day. He's been living here the entire offseason. He's been working out, he's helped us recruit free agents, he's been involved on a daily basis in trying to get ready for the season, and he would do anything to help us be successful.'
Huddle Up: Stafford saw his fantasy totals take a 59-point drop from 2011 to 2012 thanks largely to a 41 to 20 decline in TD tosses. Finding another red-zone weapon outside of Megaron will be key as teams are keying on the Lions' No. 1 receiver in scoring territory.
Posted: 2/17/2013 3:53pm et
Detroit Lions president Tom Lewand would like to sign QB Matthew Stafford to an extension in order to keep him around for the long run, not just because he is entering the fifth year of his rookie deal with a $20.8 million cap number. 'Matthew Stafford is our quarterback, and we hope is our quarterback for a long time,' Lewand said. 'The reason to explore a contract extension with Matthew is to fulfill that goal of having him be our quarterback for a long time. It's not a short-term look at the salary cap. That's the wrong way to look at that. When you look at extending somebody like Matthew, he's not going to take less money to extend. That's a very short-term focus to look at.'
Huddle Up: Stafford has given the Lions some production and stability at the position -- something they've lacked for what seems like eons. After missing a combined 19 games over his first 2 seasons, Stafford has not missed a start in each of the past 2 years. His 2011 season was a banner fantasy year with 5,038 yards and 41 TDs, and while he threw for 4,967 yards in 2012, his TD throws dipped alarmingly to only 20.
Posted: 1/3/2013 1:48pm et
Detroit Lions general manager Martin Mayhew said he will look to add a playmaker in the passing game this offseason. Mayhew has taken one wide receiver in each of his four NFL Drafts as Lions general manager. 'The way I look at it, when you've got a quarterback like Matthew Stafford, you want to keep giving him weapons, and that's what we're going to try to keep doing,' Mayhew said. 'If it's a receiver, if it's a tight end, if it's a running back that can catch passes out of the backfield, all those things help Matthew to be better, and they help Calvin to be better.'
Huddle Up: Stafford can use the help -- a dynamic, pass-catching RB would be a great fit -- and will also get a boost if players such as WRs Ryan Broyles and Nate Burleson and TE Brandon Pettigrew return to health.
Posted: 12/27/2012 1:35pm et
Chicago Bears SS Major Wright said Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford folds under pressure. 'You've got Matthew Stafford,' Wright said. 'He's definitely having an OK season. He can make any throw on that field, so you have to be aware of putting pressure on him because you put a little pressure on him, he kind of folds. You put a little pressure on him, you close the pocket on him, he hesitates. He doesn't make that perfect throw.'
Huddle Up: Stafford has put up some big numbers courtesy of his league highs in attempts (685) and completions (411), but he's likely not starting in many Week 17 fantasy championship matchups after throwing only one TD pass in his past 3 games.
Posted: 12/17/2012 7:41pm et
Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz never thought about making a quarterback change in the team's Week 15 game. 'I think [Matthew Stafford] is our best quarterback and if he's healthy enough he's going to play,' Schwartz said. 'I don't want to farm somebody else's land, but why didn't the Saints replace Drew Brees after four (interceptions)?'
Huddle Up: Stafford was a little better in fantasy Sunday but still was brutal with 246 yards, no TDs and three picks -- two of which were returned for TDs -- and if you somehow survived a playoff matchup starting Stafford, kudos go to the rest of your team. Stafford should be better -- it would be hard to be much worse -- this week in a home Saturday Night Football matchup against the Falcons.