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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.
Wed, 28 Nov 2012 06:27:40 -0800
Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford is 5-2 against AFC teams with 2,329 yards passing (332.7 per game) and 17 touchdowns and only one interception with a 106.6 rating.
Fri, 23 Nov 2012 19:20:07 -0800
Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford joined former St. Louis Rams QB Kurt Warner as the only two players in NFL history to throw for 11,000-plus yards in their first 40 games.
Thu, 22 Nov 2012 17:52:56 -0800
Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford completed 31 of his 61 passes for a season-high 441 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions in Week 12 against the Houston Texans Thursday, Nov. 22. Stafford also ran twice for seven yards.
Sun, 11 Nov 2012 15:02:32 -0800
Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford went 28-for-42 for 329 yards, three touchdowns and one interception in Week 10 against the Minnesota Vikings.
Wed, 07 Nov 2012 06:29:14 -0800
Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford, who has attempted 346 passes this season, is on pace to surpass former NFL QB Drew Bledsoe's single-season mark of 691 (1994).
Wed, 31 Oct 2012 07:37:45 -0700
Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford has passed for 9,948 yards in 36 career games and needs 52 to reach 10,000 in the second-fewest games in league history (former NFL QB Kurt Warner, 36 games).
Wed, 31 Oct 2012 07:11:02 -0700
Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford completed 14 of the 15 passes he threw on third down in Week 8, two of which were for touchdowns.
Sun, 28 Oct 2012 14:32:45 -0700
Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford completed 34 of his 49 pass attempts for 352 yards, three touchdowns and one interception in Week 8 against the Seattle Seahawks. He also ran four times for 12 yards and a rushing score.
Fantasy Tip: It was Stafford fourth 300-yard game of the season, and third in his past four starts. However, it was his first multi-TD performance of the season in seven outings. Stafford also has three rushing touchdowns over his past four games.
Thu, 25 Oct 2012 14:53:50 -0700
Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford, who has thrown only five touchdowns this season, said opponents are clamping down on WR Calvin Johnson in the red zone and making it hard for him to get open. "A lot of teams are doing a good job keeping him out of the end zone," Stafford said. "We get inside the 10 and they clamp down and send the safeties. But he's had a lot of catches. Teams are trying to take him away and he's still having a good season." Stafford also said teams are blitzing less in hopes of having better coverage in the secondary on Johnson.
Mon, 22 Oct 2012 21:22:01 -0700
Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford seemed to be scrambling all night in Week 7 against the Chicago Bears Monday, Oct. 22. He completed 28 of his 46 passes for 261 yards, one touchdown and one interception. Officially, he was sacked three times, and late in the fourth quarter he appeared to pull up lame after being escorted out of bounds by Bears DL Julius Peppers.
Sat, 20 Oct 2012 09:25:25 -0700
Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson is not concerned over his lack of touchdown production so far this season. Johnson had nine touchdowns through the first five games of 2011. He has one in 2012. "Nah, not really," Johnson said. "If I was dropping a bunch of touchdown passes, yeah. The coverage can dictate a lot of things. It'll come. As long as we're able to help out moving the ball down the field, that's all that matters right now." QB Matthew Stafford said he and Johnson are getting closer to connecting and he will continue to look for him in the passing game.
Mon, 15 Oct 2012 19:05:28 -0700
Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford managed to complete just seven of his 21 pass attempts through the first three quarters in the Week 6 game against the Philadelphia Eagles. However, after the start of the fourth quarter and into overtime, he completed 15-of-24 for 220 yards while leading the team to four total scores (two TDs, two FGs). "I can't tell you how many throws I missed by a total of six inches probably," Stafford said.
Sun, 14 Oct 2012 14:53:45 -0700
Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford went 21-for-45 for 311 yards, one touchdown and one interception against the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 6.
Thu, 11 Oct 2012 08:15:33 -0700
Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford said he wants to get WR Titus Young more involved in the passing game as he receives plenty of single-coverage. "He's a guy that we understand is getting a lot of the singles and we have to start making teams pay for that," Stafford said.
Thu, 04 Oct 2012 05:27:17 -0700
Of the 296 offensive plays the Detroit Lions have run through four games, only five have been against man coverage, according to offensive coordinator Scott Linehan. Opponents want to attack the Lions offense by playing their safeties deep and play zone coverage in front of them. "We're going to have to have the ability to execute multiple-play, double-digit drives and score touchdowns," Linehan said. Through the first four games last season, the Lions had 21 plays of 20-plus yards and seven plays of 30 or more yards. Through the first four games this season they have 17 plays of 20-plus yards but only three of the 30-yard variety. QB Matthew Stafford has just three touchdown passes through the first four games. He had 11 through the first four games last season.
Tue, 02 Oct 2012 14:36:25 -0700
Detroit Lions president Tom Lewand pointed to QB Matthew Stafford and TE Brandon Pettigrew when speaking about the team's slow start, and he said both must play better. "I would say that Matthew, in particular, is capable of playing better," Lewand said. "I think he'll be the first to tell you that. We've got a guy like a Brandon Pettigrew, our young tight end, who is capable of playing at a higher level than he's played. He's dropped some passes, including one on Sunday that cost us a touchdown. Those are the kinds of things we have to look at."
Sun, 30 Sep 2012 17:57:52 -0700
Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford (hip) completed 30 of his 51 pass attempts for 319 yards, no touchdowns and no interceptions in the Week 4 loss against the Minnesota Vikings. He also ran four times for 14 yards and a touchdown.
Fri, 28 Sep 2012 13:42:03 -0700
Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford (hip) fully participated in practice Friday, Sept. 28, and is listed as probable for Week 4.
Fri, 28 Sep 2012 11:26:25 -0700
Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford (hip) practiced again Friday, Sept. 28, and he's on track to start against the Minnesota Vikings in Week 4.
Fantasy Tip: Start Stafford with full confidence. He's going up a Vikings squad whose strength is stopping the run, so Detroit figures to air it out frequently.
Thu, 27 Sep 2012 13:26:52 -0700
Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford (hip) was limited in practice Thursday, Sept. 27.
Thu, 27 Sep 2012 08:32:51 -0700
Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford (hip) returned to practice Thrusday, Sept. 27.