Stafford replied by saying:
“That’s my number one question asked, should they pick me up in fantasy...I’m going to play all 16 (games), I’ve got Calvin Johnson, Nate Burleson, Brandon Pettigrew. I’m throwing the ball to Jahvid Best and Leshoure out of the backfield. I feel there is going to be a lot of points put up.”
The Detroit Lions young gun even addressed his critics who have blamed his injury history on his inability to step up in the pocket:
“I won't alter my playing style at all. Injuries happen, that’s part of the game,” Stafford said.
Though Stafford's injury history is a legitimate concern, one thing is clear: Martin Mayhew and the Detroit Lions have surrounded the former No.1 overall selection with a multitude of explosive talent.
Detroit’s got two wide receivers and a running back capable of scoring anytime Stafford puts the ball in their hands.
In an offense that throws first and asks questions later, Stafford could post big numbers in 2011.
In an article I wrote back in June I said, “Stafford has everything you look for in a great quarterback and has shown the ability to finish games. He is surrounded by playmakers, has a laser rocket arm, is knowledgeable of the offense and has the mindset to lead the Detroit Lions to the promise land. He is moxy defined.”
I also alluded to his potential when I anticipated him to play an entire season. A season in which I projected him to pass for 3,700 yards, 39 touchdowns and 13 interceptions.
After a strong offseason in which he has completely rehabilitated himself after offseason shoulder surgery, it looks as if 2011 could be the year.
Could 2011 mark the arrival of Matthew Stafford?
In one word: yes.