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The time that Matt Stafford actually spent on the field in 2010 was very successful, but unfortunately for the Lions, it wasn't for very long. He re aggravated a shoulder injury which had held him out of a good portion of his rookie season, and only played in three games throughout the entire season. While Shaun Hill and Drew Stanton were both effective in rallying the team to some victories, there is no question that Stafford possesses a skill set which far surpasses both of his backups.
Lions fans are understandably anxious to see if he can, in fact, perform at the level he has shown he is able to for an entire 16-game schedule. Stafford was the first pick in the 2009 draft, and thus is taking up a substantial portion of the Lions salary cap room.
If 2011 is anything like '09 and '10 injury-wise for Stafford, then don't be surprised to see the Lions start anew in the search for a franchise quarterback in the 2011 draft.