QMatthew Stafford
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Sun 9/13/20 6:18 PM

Stafford completed 24 of 42 passes for 297 yards, one touchdown and one interception during Sunday's 27-23 loss to Chicago. He added 23 rushing yards on five carries.
EDGE Analysis
Playing without top receiver Kenny Golladay (hamstring) and one of his best linemen in Halapoulivaati Vaitai (foot), Stafford should have had another passing touchdown considering rookie running back D'Andre Swift dropped a potential game-winning score in the closing seconds. However, outside of throwing a pick in the fourth quarter on a forced pass to his acting No. 1 wideout, Marvin Jones, Stafford generally played well against a tough Bears defensive front. If each of Desmond Trufant (hamstring), Justin Coleman (hamstring) and Jeff Okudah (hamstring) are unable to play in Week 2, the Lions defense could struggle to defend Aaron Rodgers and the Packers, which could lead to an even heavier workload for Stafford and the rest of the Detroit passing game.

QMatthew Stafford
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Tue 8/4/20 3:48 PM

Stafford has been activated off the Lions' reserve/COVID-19 list, Kyle Meinke of MLive.com reports.
EDGE Analysis
Per Meinke, Stafford's recent COVID-19 test was a false positive. The Lions' starting QB is therefore available to take the field with his teammates once practices start up.

QMatthew Stafford
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Sat 8/1/20 4:36 PM5 Comments

Stafford was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Saturday, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.
EDGE Analysis
Stafford joins a number of other big-name Lions players that were placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list over the past week. The designation means either Stafford tested positive or was in close proximity to someone who texted positive for COVID-19, so until more information is provided, speculation regarding his return timeframe is baseless.

QMatthew Stafford
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Fri 5/15/20 11:10 AM

Stafford relayed Thursday that he has fully recovered from the back and hip issues that plagued him in 2019, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
EDGE Analysis
General manager Bob Quinn indicated in mid-April that Stafford would have been a full participant had the Lions begun their offseason program at that time, so it's not exactly a shock that Stafford is doing well. He's also been working with a number of his young pass catchers recently, which could pay dividends given the potential for a truncated offseason. He finished 2019 with a 19:5 TD:INT ratio and 2,499 passing yards over eight games, which would have put him on pace to near career-high tallies in both passing yards (5,038) and touchdown passes (41). He returns most of his pass-catching weapons from a season ago and gained a trio of rookie weapons in D'Andre Swift, Quintez Cephus and Jason Huntley.

QMatthew Stafford
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Fri 4/17/20 11:33 AM

General manager Bob Quinn said Stafford (back/hip) would be a full participant if the Lions were able to start their offseason program next week, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports.
EDGE Analysis
Technically, the Lions will start their program April 27, but it will all be virtual work for the foreseeable future. The unusual offseason is arguably less of a problem for the Lions that it will be for many other teams, considering Stafford, offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell and all the key wide receivers and tight ends are holdovers from the 2019 squad. Stafford missed the final eight games of last season due to multiple small fractures in his back, eventually making a full recovery this winter/spring without undergoing surgery. He also had a lingering hip injury, which wasn't deemed serious enough to require a medical procedure.

QMatthew Stafford
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Tue 2/25/20 5:51 PM

General manager Bob Quinn said Stafford (back) is healthy and the quarterback will be full go for the start of the offseason training program, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports.
EDGE Analysis
Quinn also reiterated that Stafford is not on the trade block while adding that he still considers the 32-year-old signal caller to be in his prime. Considering Stafford was at least top-five in the league in terms of passing touchdowns, passing yards, passer rating and 20-plus-yard completions when he injured his back in Week 9, that isn't a stretch for Quinn to say. Last year the offseason training program started April 15.

QMatthew Stafford
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Thu 2/13/20 10:09 AM2 Comments

General manager Bob Quinn said rumors about the Lions shopping Stafford (back/hip) are "100 percent false," Michael Rothstein of ESPN.com reports.
EDGE Analysis
The rumors mostly suggest Detroit would trade Stafford and then select a quarterback with the No. 3 overall pick in April's draft. It sounds like a reasonable strategy in a vacuum, but Stafford's contract would force the team to absorb $32 million in dead money in the event of a trade or release, compared to a $21.3 million cap hit in 2020 if he stays with the team, per NFL.com's Kevin Patra. A trade would be a concession to an all-out rebuild, which wouldn't jibe with the Lions' aggressive approach to the 2019 offseason, nor would it align with the personal interests of Quinn and head coach Matt Patricia. The team's leadership presumably intends to build a stronger roster around Stafford, perhaps reassessing next offseason if it doesn't work out well in 2020. The 32-year-old quarterback said he'll be healthy before spring practices begin.

QMatthew Stafford
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Mon 12/30/19 3:49 PM

Stafford (back/hip) said Monday that he'll be back to full health for the start of the Lions' offseason program in April, Michael Rothstein of ESPN.com reports.
EDGE Analysis
Stafford was sidelined for the Lions' final eight games of the season after fracturing multiple bones in his back in a Nov. 3 loss to the Raiders. The quarterback said he's "pretty close to being back to normal" and won't require offseason surgery for his back or a lingering hip issue, putting him on pace to enter the 2020 campaign with few restrictions. Prior to getting shut down, the 31-year-old looked on his way to turning in the best season of his career, as he completed 64.3 percent of his passes for 8.6 yards per attempt and a 19:5 TD:INT through his eight starts.

QMatthew Stafford
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Fri 12/27/19 2:59 PM

Stafford (back/hip) agreed to convert a $6 million roster bonus into a signing bonus, Field Yates of ESPN reports.
EDGE Analysis
The agreement clears up $4.8 million in 2020 cap space for the Lions, allowing for a bit more room to maneuver. Stafford is closing out the year on injured reserve but should be healthy long before training camp. Most of Detroit's key contributors on offense are under contract for at least one more year, with slot receiver Danny Amendola and starting right guard Graham Glasgow the notable exceptions.

QMatthew Stafford
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Tue 12/17/19 4:16 PM

The Lions placed Stafford (back/hip) on injured reserve Tuesday, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports.
EDGE Analysis
Stafford had been sidelined for each of the past six games with multiple fractures in his back in addition to a minor hip issue, but he maintained hope he would be able to make it back into action before the season ended. The typically durable veteran ultimately wasn't able to heal as quickly as he anticipated, prompting the Lions to shut him down for their final two games. With top understudy Jeff Driskel (hamstring) having previously moved to IR, the Lions will turn to David Blough and Kyle Sloter as their quarterbacks for the remainder of the season.