Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford just completed a 5,038-yard, 41-touchdown, 10-win season that made it pretty easy to forget that he just turned 24 years old.
Stafford certainly played well beyond his years this past season, but he isn’t even close to reaching his potential with only 30 career starts under his belt.
Lions general manager Martin Mayhew said the mental part of the game is always an aspect that can continue to develop in a young player like Stafford.
“He’s a very sharp guy, but I’ll think (offensive coordinator) Scott (Linehan) is going to continue to expand the offense and do some different things and (Stafford) is going to continue to grow with that,” Mayhew said.
“I think he can still grow as a player and grow in our offense. Scott does a great job with our offense continuing to expand with the things we do and working with personnel groups and things like that. I think there is still a lot of growth he can make. He is still young. “
Mayhew said that he spoke with people following the season who weren’t impressed with Stafford’s season.
“I’ve heard some people say they weren’t impressed, and I’m saying anytime you can do something that only three other guys have done in the history of the NFL (throw for 5,000 yards in a season), I think that’s impressive,” Mayhew said.
“The thing that we have to do is put pieces around him for him to be successful.”
For all those out there not impressed by Stafford last season (that includes you, Marshall Faulk), just remember that he’s only 24 and has less than two full season’s worth of starts under his belt.
Not impressed with 5,000 yards? That’s just silly.
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