Stafford listed as one of the top 10 NFL players under the age of 25

Posted by Chrissie Wywrot on May 16, 2012 – 3:24 pm

NFL.com published “Young guns: Top 10 NFL players under the age of 25” by Daniel Jeremiah.

Amongst those players is fourth-year quarterback Matthew Stafford, who impressed the league with his 5,000-yard season in 2011 following back-to-back injury-shortened years.

Said Jeremiah of Stafford, “Surprised? It’s hard to believe that Stafford is still only 24 years old. After two injury-plagued years, he was able to stay healthy and post some incredible numbers in 2011. He passed for more than 5,000 yards and 41 TDs while leading the Lions back to the playoffs for the first time since 1999. He has a tremendous skillset for the position. He has good size, arm-strength, touch and poise. He should be one of the league’s elite signal callers for the next decade.”


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21 Responses to “Stafford listed as one of the top 10 NFL players under the age of 25”

  1. By rockbo1955 on May 16, 2012 | Reply

    this is what I new when we drafted and where he is at now wow,This boy now a man can throw the threads off the football ! love the lions and stafford! GO LIONS!

  2. By dreameagle on May 16, 2012 | Reply

    now somebody tell me why he wasn’t in the Pro Bowl over some of the clearly lesser-talented journeymen who were?

    never mind, people to often tend to lose careers in the Pro Bowl…

  3. By Relldawg on May 16, 2012 | Reply

    True Lions Fan here……and my Patent nickname at Draft was Matt-Da-Statt-Stafford. Dont take it……GO LIONS!!!!! we in the Super Bowl 2013!!!!!

  4. By gibbyfan23 on May 16, 2012 | Reply

    Stafford is a better QB than Eli Manning, i don’t care that he won a SB ring, that was a team effort, Stafford is just a better QB

  5. By fred on May 16, 2012 | Reply

    I agree that stafford should have been a pro bowl pick….but other QBs are just more consistant. NOT saying Stafford isn’t a great QB, just think others need more convincing. Like a second year of no injuries will shut everyone up that still questions Stafford’s ability. Easy prediction to tell everyone Stafford will have another monster year-if he stays healthy. He has a solid 4 wideouts to rely on if broyles is ready to play, and if we can establish a DECENT run game between the 3 backs, we will dominate the NFL this season

  6. By dreameagle on May 16, 2012 | Reply

    folks, the key to this season is not Stafford or Broyles or Suh or Fairley;

    surprise, it is not even Raiola or Backus, for they are known worthless quantities in the running game and only barely adequate in pass protection;

    no, the key to this season is RILEY REIFF;

    the sooner he gets on the field and trplaces one of our pitiful tackles, the better for the entire team;

    why?

    because for the first time since Charley Cowens, i believe we have a tackle who can knock somebody down in the running game;

    it’s really simple–if Reiff can knock somebody down, even an average back can fall forward for the two or three yards on third down that will sustain drives or even score in the red zone;

    if Reiff can knock somebody down, Stafford doesn’t have to throw 50 times a game, the offence stays on the field and more important, the defence with its weak secondary and still questionable linebacking can be kept off the field whilst we wear out the other guy’s defenders;

    and who knows–if Reiff can knock somebody down, maybe it will be catching;

    maybe one of the other linemen we’ve picked up and/or been carrying these past few years can step in and start knocking their man down, too;

    Lord knows, with the NFL’s version of the Trailer Park Boys currently starting at tackle and centre, we could use an infusion of talent and collocas;

  7. By dreameagle on May 16, 2012 | Reply

    that’s a pretty strong comment, when you consider by any measure Eli is a superior QB to his Tim Tebow-like overrated brother (1 SB win, and against a team his grossly overmatched and had no QB at all yet still nearly beat him);

    perhaps it better to say Stafford has WAY more upside than any Manning ever will;

  8. By bizmarce on May 16, 2012 | Reply

    stop riding that bus dreambeagle,we all know where you stand on our OL. aint gonna happen, get over it already

  9. By dreameagle on May 17, 2012 | Reply

    but Bizmarce, don’t you get it?

    look at the Giants–average WRs, good pressure QB, stout defensive line, NO RBs!

    …and not once, but twice, they injure Tom Brady just enough to eke out a SB win!

    we simply MUST have a stout o-line in order to win a SB, and a stout offensive line RUN-BLOCKS WHEN IT COUNTS;

    our o-line can’t run-block a lick–how far do you think we’re gonna get past GB and SF and NO like that?

    that is why Reiff is our only hope to win a SB, not Stafford, not Suh;

    and it’s not where i stand–it’s where those teams stand OVER us;

  10. By ANTONIO VULTAGGIO on May 17, 2012 | Reply

    DREAMEAGLE u must not have been watching the giants last year. yes we know they can pressure the qb. and their o line is a decent o line. but to say they have average receivers and no rb is a big stretch. hakeem nicks is one of the best in the league with his size, manningham was no slouch and dont forget cruz, the guy who had 1500 yds. bradshaw is one of the better runners in the league. so dont say they had avg players.

    yes we want reiff to be an all star, but the season is on stafford not some rookie who plays tackle

  11. By eric on May 17, 2012 | Reply

    In a few years this kid could be the best in the business..The Weapons on Offense The Weapons on defense..This is the best team talent wise the Lions have ever had..Stafford could have a 60 touchdown season one day..Skys the limit for him..And hes Clutch..wasnt on him and Calvin they did there jobs..All i can say is they can go where they wanna go..And they will win the division this year..Give us a home playoff game and its on…..

  12. By Howard on May 17, 2012 | Reply

    I agree with you 100% eric. If I was building a team today, and we could pick who we wanted, I would pick Stafford without hesitation.(Everyone else could have the GB,Denver, NO,and New England quarterbacks). People make a big deal over Cam’s rookie season performance. It doesn’t compare to Stafford’s first complete year. Stafford has leadership qualities written all over him, Cam doesn’t.

  13. By rockbo1955 on May 17, 2012 | Reply

    these our the stafford/megtron/ol/dl/rb/wr/te/cb/ss team and they will go tyo a superbowl

  14. By Woody Douglas on May 17, 2012 | Reply

    It’s true, Stafford is a very good young QB. For the Lions to maintain or achieve a run for the Super Bowl, the hole team must play better. DB’S OL, and the running game is our Achilles heel. Every team in our division and the NFL. know it.So coaching better on our weakness will give us a better shot. Coaches are accountable too. Every game is a meaningful everyone has gotten better, game planning and adapting during games is crucial. READY THE TROOP’S.

  15. By dreameagle on May 17, 2012 | Reply

    it’s simple–we will not get to the SB with this current offensive line, period;

    we don’t need but average runners, NE proved that;

    what we need is a tackle like just retired Matt Lyght, or like his replacement, Nate Solder;

    we need a lineman who can knock somebody down on third and fourth downs;

    that is why Reiff is the key to this season–NOT Stafford, Megatron, Suh or Fairley;

    not even Cherilus, Backus or Raiola, all known lacking quantities we KNOW cannot knock anyone down on third and fourth downs;

    it’s simple–Reiff knocks somebody down, the back falls forward for two or three yards, the drive stays alive, the offence stays on the field, and more importantly, the defence does not;

    we will NOT come back from 20 points down in four games this year;

    last year, we had SF licked and were within 6 of NO in the playoffs;

    we only needed one long sustained drive in each of those games, but we couldn’t get it, even with Stafford throwing 50X for over 5000 yards;

    doesn’t that tell anyone we need a running game at critical points in a game?

    a running game comes ONLY when one of your linemen overpowers the other guy, if only for one or two plays;

    now someone please show me the stats where one of our linemen overpowered his opponent on third and fourth downs;

    that’s why Rieff is so critical;

    if he knocks his man down, we have a running game–if not, all we have is what we have now, a fabulous passing game what goes nowhere in the playoffs;

  16. By markQ on May 18, 2012 | Reply

    The key for this season will be our running game. They need to be healthy and consistent so that our passing game will always be on point. Stafford cant keep throwing that many passes. It will eventually be read and intercepted. It would be a waste of arm and hands of megatron.

  17. By rockbo1955 on May 18, 2012 | Reply

    dreameagle would you please take your idiotic ny gaints and go away eli is not that good of quarterback and its a whole different situation in detroit you have got to be new yorker nobody but new yorkers our that dense!

  18. By corey aukerman on May 18, 2012 | Reply

    gentlemen as u bash on the lions oline let me remind you we threw i believe the most out of anyone in the nft and only gave up 36 sacks,,,if that was the bears cutler is sacked easliy 80 times with that many dropbacks,,,now on to rieff he will start of cherlus next seaon and we will be better and if u have not looked at the latest ratings tackles allways seem to get better with age and lets not forget there has allways been a revolving door at gaurd next to backus up untill the last 3 years. he was also voted the top left tackle in this division and that is saying a lot considering what greenbay does on offense with no running backs either..the oline started every game last season as a unit for the frist time and years and that will help out even more this year…as far as the run game goes the line and the backs have to work in concert together and when guys are getting hurt left and right in the backfield guess what its gonna be touch to have a consistant run game. stop the panic lions fan…our oline is good enough to get us there and with rieff at rt tackle we can win it all

  19. By corey aukerman on May 18, 2012 | Reply

    to continue on the running back issue also alot of times if you watch our backs they are not a patient bunch with best he is allways looking for the homerun,,,,the only back ever to get away with that was barry and that because he did hit that homerun more times than not,,,kevin smith does the samething…..now if every play of every game was to start off on a 3rd and 1 i wouldnt like our chances either so this brings me to leshure,,,when the line does get a push he will stick his nose in there and move the pile. foster,,,mjd….bush…mcfadden are those types of guys that hit it up in the tackles and follow blocks and holes and are patient and have the wheels to get out side also….its just a matter of backs staying healthy and patient and go were the blockers are,,,this line is rather solid ,,,,just like stafford last year its all about back health and u mark my words it will be different in the run game

  20. By dreameagle on May 19, 2012 | Reply

    Corey, under what law of physics or anything less than divine providence will the run game improve when we have almost the exact same cast of characters, only a year older?

    Backus, Raiola, Peterman and Cherilus are past–in some cases, WELL past–the point of improvement in their careers…in other words, their upside is down in the valley, headed for a ravine;

    with no push at the line, just where do you expect a back, any back, even Barry, to run to?

    we can’t count on Mickel, he’s an unknown quantity–and if he can’t keep his hands off the wacky weed when millions and a potential super bowl berth are at stake, well…

    Jahvid Best is finished with football–he only needs one more good hit to make that apparent to anyoone with something between their ears besides sand…that means anyone but Lewand, the GM and WC Ford;

    the rest of the world know that Best has the same future in football as Merill Hoge;

    and with this, you say things will improve?

  21. By rockbo1955 on May 19, 2012 | Reply

    look its this reason we took a couple of rb just so if best gets knocked out we will have somebody to put there and know with the draft and undrafted the kid from penn st has some excellant speed and i would love for three backs come out who we pickup and play this season and we will be better because we need speed in the backfield and these newer guys have that and you will see more screens and dreameagle just go back to new york and your trash there we have a oline we can win with! and go all the way!

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