Lions Congregation: Stafford, IR and QB's

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Here are this week’s questions:

Question 1: Jimmy R. Wants to know why the Lions didn’t/won’t put Stafford on IR. Is there a reason other than a vague hope of him playing?

Question 2: What exactly has Drew Stanton shown in his two starts with the Lions? Backup, potential starter, or 3rd stringer til he’s out of the league?

My answers comes after the jump…

1. The Lions haven’t put Stafford on IR because they believe he could be healthy enough to play again this season. They have been very consistent in saying that he will play when healthy, even if it is only for one game. The only cost of not putting him on IR is the inability to fill Stafford’s roster spot with a healthy body. The Lions obviously place a higher value on potentially getting Stafford more game action this year over bringing in another journeyman that won’t make any long term contributions.

2. Drew Stanton has proven that he is not a legitimate NFL quarterback. He outperformed expectations in his first start and managed a win in his second start but the difference between Shaun Hill and Drew Stanton is like night and day. Any talk of Stanton as a potential starter is laughable although I suppose he could land as a backup with someone in a desperate situation. The problem with Stanton hanging around the league as a third stringer is that those spots are usually filled by guys in their first three years in the league that teams think could have some developmental value. Sure, Stanton’s growth was stunted by Mike Martz but there may not be many teams out there that are willing to consider that.

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