Less than two weeks stand between us and the start of Lions training camp; 13 days to be exact, the same number of touchdowns Matthew Stafford threw last season as a rookie.
Stafford’s ten games last season provided plenty of displays of the physical tools that made him the number one overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft. That didn’t always mean success as confidence in his golden arm combined with inexperience against NFL defenses lead to 20 interceptions.
Matthew Stafford is certainly not alone as a young quarterback that faced a difficult rookie season. Some go on to become perennial Pro Bowlers while others range from complete draft busts to career clipboard holders. Despite throwing just 13 touchdown passes a year ago, I believe there is much more reason to believe Matthew Stafford will justify his draft position but year two would be a perfect time to send his career trajectory on an upward path. Today’s NFL is a win-now league and the player evaluation process is quick. Matthew Stafford either is a franchise quarterback or he is not. This season should let us know which one and it will take a lot more than 13 touchdown passes to answer in the affirmative.