In 2011, Detroit Lions’ Matthew Stafford became the fourth quarterback in NFL history to throw for 5,000 yards. Here’s why he could do it again.
The Detroit Lions spent a lot of time this offseason adding to their offensive unit. Bringing in four notable skill players and three offensive linemen. With new faces in town and quarterback Matthew Stafford’s strong play last season, is it plausible to say he could go over 5,000 yards once again?
Before his season-ending injury during Week Eight’s loss to the Oakland Raiders, Stafford was on pace for exactly 4,998 yards and 38 touchdowns. It’s safe to say the 11-year veteran was playing lights out and there’s a strong possibility he can play at a higher level this upcoming season.
One factor that might step in the way, is the Lions relentless commitment to improve their rushing attack. Despite acquiring running back D’Andre Swift and offensive linemen Jonah Jackson, Logan Stenberg, and Halapoulivaati Vaitai. The Lions should still be a pass-heavy team.
If anything, an improved rushing attack leads to longer drives and more scores. Which would make it easier for Stafford to hit that 5,000 yard mark. Swift, also rookie Jason Huntley are known receiving threats out of the backfield, yet another factor to be included.
The Detroit Lions possess the tools to be one of the NFL’s top passing teams
The familiarity between the wide receiver core is another incentive towards a potent passing offense. Detroit will be returning all three starters next season in Kenny Golladay, Marvin Jones, and Danny Amendola. Second-year tight end T.J. Hockenson has significant expectations as the Lions 2019 eight overall pick.
The Detroit Lions have the tools to be one of the best passing teams in the league. As long as Matthew Stafford’s health allows him to play a full 16 games next year, it’s hard not to see why he couldn’t throw for over 5,000 yards.
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