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NFL training camp is nearing and position battles will heat up as we prepare for the pre-season. One position that has no battle is the Quarterbacks for the Detroit Lions. Both the starter and backup are securely in place and the only battle going on is for the third string clipboard holder.
Coming into this season there will be a lot of questions about Matthew Stafford’s worth. He just signed an above-average contract that one would expect for a player of his caliber who has not produced the wins necessary to break the bank. Stafford is not set for life and can focus on football. This is good news for everybody involved. Now the focus can go back to talking about Stafford’s shotty mechanics and penchant for throwing side-arm. Let one thing be clear, those mechanics are a positive for Stafford. While his accuracy is below what is expected of him, his receivers were dropping the ball, literally.
When you throw more passes than anyone else in the league, you can expect a few more dropped balls than average but the problem for the Lions last season was not merely dropped balls but IMPORTANT dropped balls. When it came time to make a play, it didn’t happen. Some of that falls on Stafford’s shoulders, more of it falls on his supporting cast. Much of the Offensive Line will be replaced next season and theoretically should provide Stafford with a bit more time in the pocket so he doesn’t have to make as many mechanically unsound throws.
The addition of a running game also helps to alleviate some pressure and if Ryan Broyles is healthy, that too will take pressure off of Stafford. In the end, the man is trying to carry the dead weight from his skill positions last year. Everyone needs to do better. Megatron is going to try to reach 2,000 yards this year.
Stafford has everything he personally needs to be put in the same conversation as the Aaron Rodgers and Tom Bradys. The kid is good, great. Now it’s the time for his leadership to shine through and get his receiving core to play the same way he is. There isn’t a lot to talk about with the Lion’s QBs for the next few years. If Stafford is healthy the Lions always have a shot at winning every game, he’s that good. Shaun Hill is also one of the best backups in the league, but there’s a reason he’s a backup. Without Stafford, there is no hope for a playoff run. Between Kellen Moore and Thaddeus Lewis for the third man on the roster, I’d probably pick Moore. While he hasn’t started like Lewis, he has a better football mind. If it ever gets to the point that either is starting, it doesn’t matter how good they are.
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According to Tim Twentyman of DetroitLions.com, the Lions have signed free agent wide receiver Chaz Schillens to a one-year deal. The #Lions have signed free-agent WR Chaz Schilens. He caught 28 passes for 289 yards and two scored last season for New York Jets. — Tim Twentyman (@ttwentyman) July 24, 2013 Schillens started his career with Oakland and played with the Jets in 2012...
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, free agent defensive tackle Rocky Bernard is scheduled to visit with the Lions. Former Giants and Seahawks DT Rocky Bernard is visiting the Lions today. — Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) July 24, 2013 Bernard has been a solid player that the Lions might be able to sign for the veteran minimum. Need NFL Tickets? Loading... ZergNet ...
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The Detroit Lions have signed wide receiver Chaz Schilens, who has recently played for the New York Jets. Schilens caught two touchdowns in six starts last year and is very quick. Standing at 6-4 and 225 pounds, he will be aiming to compete for a spot on the final roster with the Lions.
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Wideout Chaz Schilens signed with the Detroit Lions on Wednesday.Fantasy Spin:The oft-injured Schilens is obviously insurance just in case Nate Burleson (leg) and Ryan Broyles (knee) aren't ready to go. The team is also expected to work out Laurent Robinson.