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Fri, 15 Nov 2013 20:42:35 -0800
Detroit Lions TE Brandon Pettigrew said Friday, Nov. 15, that he has had to make fewer catches in heavy traffic this season with a defender right on him. It is the effect of RB Reggie Bush on offense and the ability to spread the ball to multiple receivers, leaving defenses guessing on a lot of plays. "(QB Matthew Stafford) has a great amount of confidence in him, especially in situations where we want to move the chains or we know that people are going to be playing for an outside route," offensive coordinator Scott Linehan said.
Wed, 06 Nov 2013 07:39:04 -0800
The Detroit Lions have dropped 10.6 percent of QB Matthew Stafford's passes this season, according to STATS, LLC. That is the third-highest percentage in the league.
Sun, 27 Oct 2013 19:50:34 -0700
Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford became the fastest quarterback in NFL history to reach 15,000 yards, accomplishing the feat in Week 8 against the Dallas Cowboys, his 53rd career game.
Thu, 17 Oct 2013 08:50:00 -0700
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.
Sun, 13 Oct 2013 20:03:09 -0700
Detroit Lions WR Kris Durham had a career-high eight receptions for 83 yards in the Week 6 game against the Cleveland Browns. "I'm definitely getting a rhythm," Durham said Sunday, Oct. 13. "I've been working a lot more with (QB Matthew Stafford) the last couple of weeks, so I am starting to get more of a rhythm with him." Stafford said Durham was targeted 13 times because the receiver was "winning his matchups."
Fantasy Tip: Durham is worth a look as a WR4 or flex fantasy option in leagues of 12 or more teams going forward.
Sun, 06 Oct 2013 17:10:13 -0700
Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford (knee) was seen in the locker room with his right knee heavily wrapped after the Week 5 game against the Green Bay Packers.
Mon, 23 Sep 2013 08:17:49 -0700
Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford has 1,040 passing yards in the first three games. He's on pace for 5,536 yards for the season, which would break the single-season mark.
Tue, 20 Aug 2013 17:32:35 -0700
The Detroit Lions used four different tight ends with the first-team offense in practice Tuesday, Aug. 20. TEs Brandon Pettigrew, Tony Scheffler, Michael Williams and Joseph Fauria each worked with QB Matthew Stafford.
Fri, 02 Aug 2013 18:22:59 -0700
Detroit Lions WR Mike Thomas has been routinely working with the third unit during training camp, and in one-on-one drills Friday, Aug. 2, he was completely shut down by CB Domonique Johnson. On one play, Thomas was so overmatched that QB Matthew Stafford didn't even throw the ball.
Fantasy Tip: Thomas might be in jeopardy of getting a visit from the turk sooner rather than later. The emergence of a guy like Patrick Edwards has not helped, as he is looking more and more like a roster lock, along with obvious locks Calvin Johnson, Nate Burleson and Ryan Broyles.
Sat, 27 Jul 2013 23:43:52 -0700
With Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson and QB Matthew Stafford getting contract extensions, speculation has turned to whether DT Ndamukong Suh will be next. Suh says he is not even thinking about a new deal. "No, not really," Suh said at training camp Saturday, July 27. "I've got two great years in front of me and I'm looking forward to it, especially this year, 2013, to be successful and to move on from there." Detroit drafted him No. 2 overall in 2010 and signed him to a five-year contract worth as much as $68 million.
Tue, 16 Jul 2013 11:07:22 -0700
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."
Fantasy Tip: Stafford is looking to rebound after throwing 20 touchdowns in 2012, half of the 41 he threw in the previous season. Running the ball more may do wonders in helping Stafford’s confidence, as well as taking some of the pressure off the passing game.
Fri, 12 Jul 2013 22:32:08 -0700
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.
Fantasy Tip: The Detroit Free Press' Dave Birkett compiled a list of the total values, average values and amounts of guaranteed money, among other stats, of the NFL's 32 starting signal-callers. It's an interesting table.
Thu, 11 Jul 2013 06:54:47 -0700
Updating previous reports, Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford's cap numbers are: $17.8 million in 2013; $15.8 million in 2014, $17.7 million in 2015; $22.5 million in 2016 and $22 million in 2017. He saves the team $3 million and $3.5 million on the salary cap over the next two seasons.
He has base salaries of $4 million in 2013 and $2 million in 2014, which are fully guaranteed. In 2015, $8 million of his $9.5 million base salary is guaranteed as well. Stafford's base salary will be $17 million in 2016 and $16.5 million in 2017.
Wed, 10 Jul 2013 07:14:44 -0700
Updating previous reports, Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford's five-year deal is official.
Tue, 09 Jul 2013 14:30:39 -0700
Detroit Lions DT Ndamukong Suh could be next in line for a contract extension after the team completed deals for QB Matthew Stafford and WR Calvin Johnson.
Tue, 09 Jul 2013 13:02:34 -0700
Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford's new contract extension has $53 million worth of new money included in the new deal, including $43 million in guaranteed money. Stafford will be under contract with the Lions through the 2017 season.
Tue, 09 Jul 2013 11:43:06 -0700
Updating a previous report, the Detroit Lions are expected to sign QB Matthew Stafford to a five-year contract extension that will pay somewhere around $75 million as soon as Tuesday, July, 9.
Tue, 09 Jul 2013 11:26:58 -0700
Updating a previous report, the contract extension between the Detroit Lions and QB Matthew Stafford is expected to be three years in length.
Tue, 09 Jul 2013 11:14:48 -0700
The Detroit Lions are on the verge of agreeing to a blockbuster, long term contract extension with QB Matthew Stafford that could be done as soon as Tuesday, July 9.
Sat, 08 Jun 2013 15:05:25 -0700
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 their 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."
Sun, 26 May 2013 08:38:15 -0700
Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford said he does not expect a big change in play from the offensive line this season even though there will be three new starters. OT Riley Reiff is expected to start at left tackle, OG Larry Warford is expected to start at right guard, and either OT Jason Fox or OT Corey Hilliard is expected to start at right tackle.
Fri, 19 Apr 2013 12:56:28 -0700
Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford would like help at wide receiver, preferably a wide receiver that can stretch the field opposite of WR Calvin Johnson. "I think with what we have on the roster right now, I would say somebody that can stretch the field," Stafford said this week when asked about what kind of receiver he'd like to see if the Lions did indeed add one via the draft.
"In the NFL, more and more today, everyone is looking for that. It doesn't matter if you're playing opposite Calvin Johnson or not, you want somebody that can run. This is a game about speed."
Mon, 15 Apr 2013 07:54:53 -0700
The Detroit Lions' extension talks with QB Matthew Stafford have heated up, and it's just a matter of time before a deal is reached.
Sun, 14 Apr 2013 18:03:33 -0700
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."
Wed, 27 Mar 2013 13:24:10 -0700
Free-agent WR Darrius Heyward-Bey (Raiders) said he would enjoy having Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford as his quarterback. Heyward-Bey said he has known Stafford for years.
Thu, 07 Mar 2013 12:17:41 -0800
Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford holds all the leverage in his ongoing contract talks. The team would like to gain salary cap space by negotiating with Stafford, but Stafford could choose to play out his contract and have a big franchise tag number.
Wed, 27 Feb 2013 12:28:16 -0800
The Detroit Lions met with the agent for QB Matthew Stafford at the NFL Scouting Combine to discuss the possibility of a new contract. The Lions could create around $10 million in salary cap space if they signed Stafford to a new deal.
Fri, 22 Feb 2013 07:07:16 -0800
The Detroit Lions are actively trying to rework QB Matthew Stafford's contract during the NFL Scouting Combine. Stafford's base salary is $12 million in 2013, but his salary cap hit is $20.3 million.
Sat, 16 Feb 2013 05:13:37 -0800
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."
Fri, 15 Feb 2013 10:37:04 -0800
Detroit Lions president Tom Lewand said the team would not change their approach in free agency if they were not able to sign QB Matthew Stafford to a contract extension. The team would like to extend Stafford's contract because it would open up salary cap space for next season.
Fri, 08 Feb 2013 12:08:54 -0800
Detroit Lions general manager Martin Mayhew said he expects to start negotiations soon with the agent for QB Matthew Stafford on a contract extension. The team will look to reduce his $20.8 million salary cap hit for 2013 with the extension.
Tue, 05 Feb 2013 21:36:26 -0800
Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford will count over $20 million against the salary cap in 2013, and it is expected he will have his contract restructured for some relief.
Wed, 30 Jan 2013 14:56:04 -0800
Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford will see his 2013 base salary increase from $12 million to $12.5 million because of incentives in his contract.
Thu, 17 Jan 2013 08:16:56 -0800
The Detroit Lions may look to restructure QB Matthew Stafford's contract as he is slated to count for $20.3 million against the salary cap. The Lions are heading into the offseason over the cap with 23 current members of the roster slated for unrestricted free agency.
Thu, 03 Jan 2013 09:55:11 -0800
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 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."
Wed, 02 Jan 2013 18:46:02 -0800
Detroit Lions general manager Martin Mayhew said he plans to restructure the contract of QB Matthew Stafford during the offseason.
Sun, 30 Dec 2012 13:43:15 -0800
Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford went 24-for-42 for 272 yards, three touchdowns and one interception against the Chicago Bears in Week 17.
Thu, 27 Dec 2012 06:16:44 -0800
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."
Wed, 26 Dec 2012 09:24:22 -0800
Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford needs 305 passing yards in Week 17 to reach 5,000 for the second consecutive season. Stafford has eight 300-yard games this season.
Wed, 19 Dec 2012 06:47:12 -0800
Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford defended his throwing mechanics by saying he does not feel like he's overusing a sidearm or three-quarter delivery. "I really don't feel like it's too much different, to tell you the truth" Stafford said. "I'm just trying to make the plays that are there ... I feel like I probably threw two balls sidearm (in Week 15) and I think both of them were complete. If that's a problem, then I don't really know what to tell you."
Mon, 17 Dec 2012 13:31:44 -0800
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)?"
Sun, 16 Dec 2012 18:14:42 -0800
Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford completed just 24 of his 50 pass attempts for 246 yards, no touchdowns and three interceptions in the Week 15 loss against the Arizona Cardinals.
Fri, 14 Dec 2012 14:37:27 -0800
The Detroit Lions are very confident in the future of QB Matthew Stafford after he has taken a slight step backwards in his second full season as their starting quarterback. "I don't know where Peyton (Manning) was after four years exactly, but I think Matt's definitely on track to be one of the best quarterbacks ever to play this position," offensive coordinator Scott Linehan said. Stafford is approaching his second straight 5,000 yard passing season. He would be only the second QB in history to reach that mark twice (New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees is the other). Linehan believes Stafford's drop in production has had to do with the team's struggles at wideout this year. Detroit receivers also lead the league in dropped passes with 37.
Tue, 11 Dec 2012 10:59:58 -0800
Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford said he's completely healthy in response to critics saying that his throwing mechanics are off this season. "I'm not hurt. You can write that down. I can promise you that it has nothing to do with that," Stafford said. "I'm just playing the game the way it comes naturally to me, trying to complete every pass, put it in a good spot for guys, whether it has to be over a guy, under a guy, whatever it is." Stafford has been criticized for having a sidearm throwing motion. Head coach Jim Schwartz has Stafford's back, saying his QB's mechanics "are outstanding."
Mon, 10 Dec 2012 01:34:51 -0800
Detroit Lions WR Kris Durham was targeted nine times during the team's Week 14 loss to the Green Bay Packers. He caught four passes for 54 yards during the game, including a great diving grab in the second quarter. Durham and QB Matthew Stafford have history, as the two roomed together at the University of Georgia. Durham has been living with Stafford since signing with the Lions earlier this fall. During the team's Week 14 game, Stafford was expecting Durham to run a different route than he did which led to an interception. The two simply weren't on the same page, which they both accepted blame for.
Mon, 10 Dec 2012 00:21:15 -0800
Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford threw for 264 yards and a touchdown during a Week 14 loss to the Green Bay Packers. He hit 27 of his 45 passes and also threw an interception. Stafford added a 4-yard touchdown run in the first quarter, finishing the game with three rushes for 9 yards. He also lost a fumble during the game.
Fri, 07 Dec 2012 18:17:44 -0800
Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford faces the Green Bay Packers in Lambeau Field in Week 14, and the weather forecast calls for the possibility of multiple inches of snow blanketing the field before or during the team's Sunday night game.
Fantasy Tip: A snow game is fun to watch, but is bad news for fantasy owners of Stafford, WR Calvin Johnson and TE Brandon Pettigrew, among others. The Lions face a favorable matchup against a shaky Packers pass defense, but if the field is wet, slushy or snowy, a slower track might mean a more ground-based attack. Stay tuned.
Fri, 07 Dec 2012 09:37:26 -0800
Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson is on pace to have the most productive season ever by a wideout in terms of receiving yards; He had over 1,600 yards and 16 touchdowns a year ago. QB Matthew Stafford leads the NFL in passing yards with 3,742 and needs to average 314.5 yards per game the last four contests to reach 5,000 yards for the second straight season. He was only the fourth QB in history to reach the 5,000-yard milestone last year.
Sun, 02 Dec 2012 14:54:39 -0800
Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford went 27-for-46 for 313 yards, two touchdowns and one interception in Week 13 against the Indianapolis Colts.
Thu, 29 Nov 2012 07:04:54 -0800
Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz believes there are no issues with QB Matthew Stafford despite his accuracy issues earlier in the season. "His mechanics are outstanding," Schwartz said. "I mean, when he drops back and throws it, he can do it about any way that you want." Stafford added, "I feel pretty good about (my mechanics). I'm not a robotic-type quarterback. I play off feel. I don't try to do anything. It just happens the way it happens, whether that's throwing it overhand, underhand, sidearm, left-handed. I go out there and play and try to put the ball in a good spot." Balance has been an issue offensively and the inability to threaten opponents with the run affects their playaction passing game and limits what they can do formationally to throw off a defense.