Post-Draft Outlook: A closer look at the Lions' picks: Round 1/1 -- Matthew Stafford, QB, 6-2, 225, Georgia...The Lions have been looking for their next great quarterback since trading Bobby Layne to Pittsburgh in 1958, and now here comes Stafford, who went to the same high school Layne did. Stafford has a big arm that can get the ball downfield to wide receiver Calvin Johnson, and coach Jim Schwartz said he was the consensus No. 1 player at Lions headquarters. The Lions don't have to rush him because they have a rejuvenated Daunte Culpepper on a one-year deal. - by The Sports Xchange
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12/21/15 - QB Matthew Stafford (22 of 25 for 254 yards and three TDs) can sling it with the best of them when he gets the proper protection. The Saints sacked him three times, but just for 8 yards in losses. Stafford connected with 10 different receivers. "All of our guys are doing a great job getting open," Stafford said. "The offensive line is giving me time, and (offensive coordinator) Jim Bob (Cooter) is doing a great job in that area. When they do that, it gives us time to throw the ball downfield, allowing me to go through the progressions. If we keep that up, we're going to be a great offense."
11/26/15 - QB Matthew Stafford threw five touchdown passes, the ninth time in his career he's had at least four scoring tosses. He now has 20 touchdown passes for the season. Stafford's 337 passing yards marked the fourth consecutive Thanksgiving Day game that he's thrown for at least 300 yards. He now has a team-record 29 games with at least 300 yards passing.
10/26/15 - QB Matthew Stafford underwent X-rays on his left hand after the game against Minnesota, but they were negative.
10/25/15 - QB Matthew Stafford had an X-ray on his left hand after he was injured in the second half. Stafford was confident there was no break in his non-throwing hand and said it didn't appreciably affect his ability to pass. "Not too much," he said. "I mean, it's my left hand." Stafford, who threw for over 400 yards against Chicago the previous Sunday, passed for 256 yards.
10/15/15 - QB Matthew Stafford won his appeal against the NFL over a $5,787 fine for wearing all-blue cleats in Week 4 against the Seahawks. He presented his case Tuesday to Merton Hanks, the league's vice president of football operations. "I understood, and I will move on with a new pair of cleats," Stafford said.