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Mayhew Impressed with the Improvement for 2nd Year QB Stafford

Martin Mayhew, the Lions GM, seems impressed with the difference for Matt Stafford between year one and year two:

Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford was praised often as a rookie last season for a big arm and football intelligence. But Stafford’s second year will be his first full season with the team, with a full complement of off-season preparation. General manager Martin Mayhew said he already has been able to see the difference in Stafford this year.

“I think he lost some of that newness and that rookie (aspect) and that sort of everything was new to him,” Mayhew said during last month’s minicamp. “I think he’s becoming a veteran and a pro. I think he’s communicating with the receivers more. I think that’s big. And he’s developing a good rapport with Calvin (Johnson), which is important.” Besides improving the chemistry with his No. 1 receiver, Stafford also is getting more help around him with new players like receiver Nate Burleson, running back Jahvid Best and tight end Tony Scheffler. And that has helped give Stafford more options and made him feel more comfortable. “Yeah, I think so,” he said. “Not only being in the system for another year, but having guys around that can really make plays lets us open up the playbook, do a little bit more. I think everyone’s getting comfortable with each other.”

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One Response to “Mayhew Impressed with the Improvement for 2nd Year QB Stafford”

  1. I think the Lions are going to be a really big surprise this season. They have put a lot of pieces together these past couple of off seasons.

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