Dec 29, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) passes against the Minnesota Vikings in the fourth quarter at Mall of America Field at H.H.H. Metrodome. The Vikings win 14-13. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports

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Lions QB Stafford may need to be more cautious in new offense
Dave Birkett — Detroit Free Press

Some of the greatest highlights of Calvin Johnson’s career have come on contested-ball catches.

But with the Lions trying to rein in some of Matthew Stafford’s erratic play at quarterback, they may have to live with fewer highlight-reel catches from Johnson.

Lions coach Jim Caldwell has said several times this offseason he wants Stafford to be a better decision maker. That means throwing fewer passes into double coverage, even if it won’t completely eliminate the jump ball.

Ranking the Detroit Lions Biggest Needs to Address in the 2014 Draft
Jeff Risdon — Bleacher Report

It’s important to note that the needs list might not mesh exactly with the order in which those needs get addressed in the draft. After all, if the Lions addressed the second need listed here in the second round, Mayhew would be a laughingstock.

Here are the top priorities for the Lions to address in the 2014 NFL draft.

Analysis: If option is available, Detroit Lions better off trading back in NFL draft, not moving up
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But all things created equal, if the Lions had the opportunity to use the team’s second-round pick to trade up for someone like Sammy Watkins or Khalil Mack, or trade back while picking up an extra second or third-round pick, the better option would be to gain more selections.

Why do you care how much money Matthew Stafford makes?
Chris McCosky — Detroit News

Our local sports talk radio lads had some good fun at Matthew Stafford’s expense earlier this week, culling segment after segment from ESPN the Magazine’s Money Issue.

Stafford ranked sixth among the magazine’s list of the 50 top-paid athletes in the world. His listed salary of $31.5 million was topped only by Floyd Mayweather ($73.5 million), Cristiano Ronaldo ($50.176 million), Lionel Messi ($50.05 million), Aaron Rodgers ($40 million) and Zlatan Ibrahimovic ($35.06 million).

The first thing that came to mind was, dang, why didn’t I push my kids into soccer? The second thing was, the $31 million number for Stafford is a little hyped and misleading.

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