No holding back Lions' Stafford this season
Just like last year in training camp, all eyes will be on Matthew Stafford.
A year ago he was fighting for a starting job. Now he’s the man, no question. But still training camp will be important.
The Lions will have most of their offense installed, but he will be working to get the timing down with his receivers, tight ends and running backs.
The unflappable Stafford — we learned that about him last season —will have so many more pieces to the offense that his job should be easier.
We also learned that last season that actually Stafford had to be held back. Offensive coordinator Scott Linehan didn’t simplify the offense for Stafford, he simplified it because Stafford didn’t have the bodies around him to make it work.
With WR Nate Burleson, RB Jahvid Best, TE Tony Scheffler and RG Rob Sims added to the mix, along with a healthy TE Brandon Pettigrew, Stafford should have all the pieces he needs to make it work.
(This is part of a series of 20 Lions to watch in training camp which starts July 31. Follow me on Twitter.com @PaulaPasche.)