2010 Training Camp Countdown: 13 Days

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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.

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  • jason

    I’d would like to say first that M.Staffy will be a 24/20 td to int this yr, maybe more td’s depending on CJ being healthy for full season and linehan fully utilizing him how he should be used (da bombs).

    Staff showed alot last year, and alot of people think about the browns game as a major tool, personally I think about him being a leader, skillful and having the weapons needed to pursue what every NFL team needs to accomplish (winning season).

    He now has a fully healed CJ, a great route running burleson as well as inside route’s, a very explosive RB in Jahvid Best which is going to surprise the NFL, an offensive line that has upgraded, but yet to be what is expected, a potential defense that is still in progress.

    P.S lions will win between 5-7 games :)

    • http://sidelionreport.com/ Zac Snyder

      I think you are right about the Cleveland game as it showed everyone in Detroit that Stafford is no Joey Blueskies. His fate will ultimately be determined on the field but that NFL films footage did a lot to shape Lions fans opinion of him to the point that I doubt many people turn on him unless it becomes obvious he won’t be able to get the job done at this level.

      5-7 wins is about what I would peg this team for at this point. Hope you enjoy the rest of the countdown.

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