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  1. #1
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    Staff is a top 10 QB per ESPN

    https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.det...amp/5399350002

    Wow Im not used to positive articles like this... feels weird.


    Matthew Stafford missed half of last season with a back injury, dousing what had the makings of one of the quarterback's better seasons with the Detroit Lions.


    At 32, Stafford remains one of the NFL's top signal callers, with ESPN listing him at No. 10 in its top 10 quarterbacks for the 2020 season, posted Wednesday.

    Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford is ranked 10th among ESPN's top quarterbacks for the 2020 season.
    Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford is ranked 10th among ESPN's top quarterbacks for the 2020 season.
    DANIEL MEARS, DETROIT NEWS
    The rankings were based on voting and feedback from a panel of 50 league executives, coaches, scouts and players. Stafford just squeezed in, just ahead of Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan.

    Stafford was ranked anywhere from No. 4 to No. 14 among the panelists.

    "Maybe the tightest race of the position was Stafford vs. Matt Ryan at 10," ESPN's Jeremy Fowler writes. "Ryan had slightly more top-10 votes, but Stafford's average overall was higher. Expanding the voting to Ryan vs. Stafford exclusively gave Stafford the edge as well. He scares opposing teams more, can score from anywhere on the field, and where he plays counts."


    Fowler quotes an unnamed NFC executive, saying "It's the Stafford syndrome he plays in Detroit, so he's not in a position to maximize his ability. He's a major talent who'd probably be a top-five quarterback with an established franchise. He can score from anywhere on the field."

    Through eight games last season, Stafford had racked up 2,499 yards passing, to go along with 19 touchdowns and five interceptions. He had completed 64.3% of his passes, before a back injury ended his season, and a 136-game starting streak that spanned eight seasons.

    Without Stafford, the Lions lost their final eight games, finishing 3-12-1.

    In May, Stafford said his back injury was fully healed, and that he'll be "ready to go" for 2020.

    "Most everyone agrees Stafford's arm is top-five level," Fowler writes. "... He was phenomenal from inside the pocket (last season), with a league-leading 82.7 QBR, 66.2 completion percentage, 8.8 yards per attempt, 17 touchdowns and three interceptions.

    "The core issue with Stafford is simple," Fowler continued, saying "multiple" front-office executives asked, "What has he really done?" in reference to his 0-3 record in the playoffs.


    Former Michigan quarterback Tom Brady is No. 7 as he enters his first season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at age 42.

    "Brady posted one 300-yard game after Week 6 last season," Fowler writes, "prompting speculation about whether the New England breakup wasn't one-sided. But Brady's pre-snap wizardry is still good enough to spark a Peyton Manning late-career arc."

    Patrick Mahomes, who just signed a massive 10-year, $503 million extension with the Kansas City Chiefs, leads ESPN's rankings.
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    Last year Stafford was having a MVP caliber season. When he went down so did our season. If Stafford's healthy (which is a big concern)he is very dangerous. I think Stafford will flourish yet again in Bevell's offense.



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    He's been a victim of the team he plays on. That is not to say there are no concerns with Stafford, but I truly do believe if he played in Dallas, for example, he'd be looked at a lot differently.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LionsFan..LOL View Post
    He's been a victim of the team he plays on. That is not to say there are no concerns with Stafford, but I truly do believe if he played in Dallas, for example, he'd be looked at a lot differently.
    Oh absolutely. Like you said he is a victim of the team he's played on. He's either had a defense to help him or he has had to carry the load. The year we got screwed in the playoffs in Dallas we had a top 5 defense but our offense lacked the fire power and we couldn't put the Cowboys away. This organization has wasted too much talent in their prime.
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    I remember when Chris Simms accidentally ranked him #1 on a podcast because he ranked everyone else and totally forgot him, which is so perfectly Lions

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    It's unfortunate that historically the Lions have done so poorly against 'top rated' teams because that is a glaring stat everyone will turn to when ranking Stafford.

    I believe his performance in the first half of last year really helped his case in the eyes of non-Lions fans though. Had he not been putting up the numbers he was pre-injury, I don't think he would be rated top-10. I'm excited to see how he plays with another year under his belt but I'm not getting too optimistic.

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    Funny thing is people are starting to over-rate him from the looks of it.

    it's As if people are just now catching on that he's been on a **** team

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    Quote Originally Posted by rocket View Post
    Funny thing is people are starting to over-rate him from the looks of it.

    it's As if people are just now catching on that he's been on a **** team
    pandemic is making people realize a lot

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    Quote Originally Posted by GuySir View Post
    pandemic is making people realize a lot
    All America can do is stay home and look at NFL stats, and Staff stands head and shoulders above Flutie Flakes.
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