QMatthew Stafford
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Thu 4/1/21 7:00 PM

Stafford underwent surgery on his right thumb in March, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Athletic reports.
EDGE Analysis
Stafford emerged from last season with an array of injuries, including a partially torn UCL in that thumb, a torn UCL in his left elbow, torn rib cartilage, a sprained ankle and a left knee issue. Following his trade from the Lions to the Rams, he appears to have addressed the first concern, which was described as "elective" and "minor." With his new squad, Stafford will have reliable pass catchers at his disposal, namely Robert Woods, Cooper Kupp (knee), fellow newcomer DeSean Jackson and tight end Tyler Higbee. Through 12 NFL campaigns, the 33-year-old signal-caller has surpassed 4,000 yards eight times but only thrown for 30-plus TD on two occasions.

QMatthew Stafford
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Thu 2/11/21 11:33 AM

Stafford's injuries in 2020 included a partially torn UCL in his right thumb, a torn UCL in his left elbow, torn rib cartilage, an ankle sprain and a left knee injury, Mitch Albom of the Detroit Free Press reports.
EDGE Analysis
Stafford was removed after one series in the Lions' Week 16 loss to Tampa Bay, but he otherwise played at least 80 percent of offensive snaps in each of Detroit's games in 2020, continuing to gut it out long after the team was eliminated from the playoffs. The Lions have since agreed to trade Stafford to Los Angeles, where he'll team up with coach Sean McVay to lead an offense that has Cooper Kupp, Robert Woods, Tyler Higbee and Cam Akers as its top returning playmakers. It isn't necessarily a better group of pass catchers than what Stafford is accustomed to working with, but the coaching and overall quality of the roster will be an upgrade compared to Detroit. Despite the long list of injuries, there hasn't been any report of Stafford needing offseason surgery.

QMatthew Stafford
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Sat 1/30/21 10:03 PM

Stafford was traded to the Rams for Jared Goff, two first-round draft picks and a third-round pick Saturday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
EDGE Analysis
In a blockbuster trade, the Rams sent the 2016 first overall pick to Detroit in exchange for the 2009 first overall pick. Turning 33 years old in February, Stafford is coming off a quality 2020 campaign, as he completed 64 percent of his passes for 4,084 yards (7.7 YPA), 26 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. Stafford should start immediately in Los Angeles. The situation out West will be far better than it was in the Motor City. He'll be equipped with star receivers Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp, young running backs Cam Akers and Darrell Henderson and a sturdy offensive line.

QMatthew Stafford
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Fri 1/29/21 6:04 PM

The Rams have reportedly "explored the possibilities" of potentially acquiring Stafford, according to ESPN's Jeremy Fowler.
EDGE Analysis
That said, the Rams still have fellow QB Jared Goff under contract, so it's unclear how their reported interest in Stafford might play out. In any case, it looks like they've join the ranks of NFL franchises who might consider making a run at Stafford, who's in line to mutually part ways with the Lions. With that in mind, Fowler notes that "NFL teams started reaching out to the Lions about (the veteran signal caller) earlier this week."

QMatthew Stafford
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Sat 1/23/21 6:17 PM15 Comments

Stafford and the Lions have mutually agreed to part ways this offseason, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.
EDGE Analysis
Stafford expressed his desire for a fresh start, and the Lions have agreed to grant that request. In turn, the team will look for a trade partner this offseason. Stafford was impressive once again in 2020, completing 64 percent of his passes for 4,084 yards (7.7 YPA), 26 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. The 32-year-old is a known commodity and would be a valuable addition to a contender. He has three years remaining on his contract, and he'll carry a $20 million cap hit in 2021 if he's traded, according to Field Yates of ESPN. The Lions still have quarterbacks Chase Daniel and David Blough under contract next season, and they hold the No. 7 pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.

QMatthew Stafford
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Sun 1/3/21 5:52 PM

Stafford completed 20 of 31 passes for 293 yards with three touchdowns and one interception during Sunday's 37-35 loss to Minnesota. He added nine rushing yards on two attempts.
EDGE Analysis
Toughing out ankle, rib and thumb injuries, Stafford put forth an admirable effort despite a third-quarter interception that may have been the difference in the game. He probably should have had a fourth touchdown pass, but a third-quarter bomb to Marvin Jones was overturned on review and Stafford will close the books on the 2020 season with 4,093 passing yards and 26 touchdowns to 10 interceptions. However, despite those respectable numbers plus the fact that Stafford remains under contract through 2023, it's not certain that the 32-year-old gunslinger will return to Detroit next season. With the organization in the market for both a new head coach and general manager, it's possible the Lions - who owe Stafford a $10 million bonus on the fifth day of the 2021 league year - will bring in decision-makers that prefer to groom a younger option. Adding more uncertainty to Stafford's offseason is his rehab from his injuries, but the quarterback at least doesn't believe he'll need surgery to address the ligament damage in his thumb, per Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press.

QMatthew Stafford
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Sun 1/3/21 11:33 AM

Stafford (ankle/rib/thumb) is active for Sunday's game against the Vikings.
EDGE Analysis
Stafford has been limping through the stretch run of yet another lost season, but despite dealing with a trio of injuries over the past month, he's only 209 yards shy of the eighth 4,000-yard campaign of his career. On the other side, Minnesota boasts the 24th-ranked pass defense (256.9 yards per game) and will be without four starters, so Stafford has a great chance to get there, assuming he makes it through the contest unscathed.

QMatthew Stafford
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Sat 1/2/21 9:28 PM

Stafford (ankle/rib/thumb), who is listed as questionable, is expected to play Sunday against the Vikings, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
EDGE Analysis
The 32-year-old was deemed likely to play Friday despite being listed as questionable on the injury report, and his outlook remains unchanged halfway through the weekend. The Lions and Vikings have already been eliminated from the playoff picture, but Stafford still plans to gut it out for the season finale. The veteran has been banged up for much of the 2020 campaign, but he'll have started all 16 games for the ninth time in 10 years if he's cleared to start Sunday.

QMatthew Stafford
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Fri 1/1/21 6:37 PM

Stafford (ankle/rib/thumb), who is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Vikings, appears likely to play, Chris Burke of The Athletic reports.
EDGE Analysis
Stafford was already playing through a pair of injuries when an ankle sprain knocked him out of his team's Week 16 loss to Tampa Bay. He seems content to continue playing if he's physically capable, hoping to start all 16 games for the ninth time in the past 10 seasons. Questionable for Week 17 after back-to-back limited practices, Stafford will have an excellent matchup if he plays, taking on a slumping Minnesota defense that has four starters ruled out for Week 17. The Lions will turn to Chase Daniel or David Blough at quarterback if Stafford is held out or doesn't finish the game.

QMatthew Stafford
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Fri 1/1/21 3:04 PM

Stafford (ankle/rib/thumb) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Vikings.
EDGE Analysis
Stafford was a limited practice participant Thursday and Friday, hoping to make a 16th start despite the recent addition of an ankle sprain to his list of injuries. Interim head coach Darrell Bevell said Thursday that he has "no doubt" Stafford will play, but for fantasy purposes it's probably best to treat the veteran quarterback as a game-time call ahead of Sunday's 1 p.m. ET kickoff. Chase Daniel and David Blough both received playing time after Stafford was knocked out of last week's 47-7 loss to the Buccaneers.