One training camp observation sure to get Detroit Lions fans riled up came in the form of a tweet from Chris McCosky of the Detroit News. In McCosky’s opinion, Stafford has not “thrown the ball particularly well yet in this camp.”
It is a sentiment that was echoed by other Lions beat writers but while that is sure to disappoint Lions fans, it isn’t like Stafford is being shown up by the other quarterbacks on the roster. Dave Birkett tweeted that none of the quarterbacks have been great while crediting an improved secondary.
Cause for concern, particularly as it relates to Stafford?
It’s too early for concern but I had similar feelings when I had a chance to attend practice last weekend. The good news is that Stafford still has his ‘wow’ moments. The one that sticks out in my mind was a pass that he zipped past the ear of Travis Lewis and through a tight window between defensive backs to find a receiver down the right sideline.
The funny thing about training camp is that it can sometimes be difficult to separate out what is truly good play from one side instead of just bad play from the other until the Lions get a chance to line up against someone other than teammates. The Lions have clearly upgraded their secondary since last season so it makes sense that they would look better and in the training camp setting, that often comes at the expense of the quarterback.
If Stafford and the other quarterbacks look good against the New York Jets next week, no one will care how well they’ve thrown the ball in training camp. Should they, especially Stafford, struggle against the Jets, then there may be cause for concern.