Stafford was dealt to the Rams this offseason and the new surroundings offer both intrigue and risk. Stafford remains a high-end No. 2 quarterback, best drafted in the double-digit rounds of one-quarterback leagues. Assuming he takes to Sean McVay's system, he could flourish with Robert Woods, Cooper Kupp, and DeSean Jackson in the receiving corps. While Stafford's 2020 was a bit of a letdown, it's worth recalling the upside he flashed in 2019 when he was on pace for nearly 5,000 yards and 38 touchdowns before suffering a back injury that cost him the rest of the season. In Dynasty, Stafford is more of a mid-range No. 2 quarterback, as age and injuries begin to impact his value in that format.
Stafford (thumb) said Monday he's "not limited at all" after having undergone a procedure back in March, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Athletic reports. Stafford played through a torn UCL in his right thumb in 2020, and while he required a minor surgery to address the issue, it looks like he won't be limited at all during his first offseason with coach Sean McVay and the Rams. That will allow the 33-year-old veteran plenty of time to build chemistry with new receivers Cooper Kupp, Robert Woods, DeSean Jackson and Van Jefferson, not to mention tight end Tyler Higbee and second-year running back Cam Akers. Last season, Stafford also dealt with injuries to his ankle, knee and elbow, plus torn rib cartilage, but he appears to have returned to full health without any setbacks.
Stafford underwent surgery on his right thumb in March, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Athletic reports. Stafford emerged from last season with an array of injuries, including a partially torn UCL in that thumb, a torn UCL in his left elbow, torn rib cartilage, a sprained ankle and a left knee issue. Following his trade from the Lions to the Rams, he appears to have addressed the first concern, which was described as "elective" and "minor." With his new squad, Stafford will have reliable pass catchers at his disposal, namely Robert Woods, Cooper Kupp (knee), fellow newcomer DeSean Jackson and tight end Tyler Higbee. Through 12 NFL campaigns, the 33-year-old signal-caller has surpassed 4,000 yards eight times but only thrown for 30-plus TD on two occasions.
Stafford's injuries in 2020 included a partially torn UCL in his right thumb, a torn UCL in his left elbow, torn rib cartilage, an ankle sprain and a left knee injury, Mitch Albom of the Detroit Free Press reports. Stafford was removed after one series in the Lions' Week 16 loss to Tampa Bay, but he otherwise played at least 80 percent of offensive snaps in each of Detroit's games in 2020, continuing to gut it out long after the team was eliminated from the playoffs. The Lions have since agreed to trade Stafford to Los Angeles, where he'll team up with coach Sean McVay to lead an offense that has Cooper Kupp, Robert Woods, Tyler Higbee and Cam Akers as its top returning playmakers. It isn't necessarily a better group of pass catchers than what Stafford is accustomed to working with, but the coaching and overall quality of the roster will be an upgrade compared to Detroit. Despite the long list of injuries, there hasn't been any report of Stafford needing offseason surgery.
Stafford was traded to the Rams for Jared Goff, two first-round draft picks and a third-round pick Saturday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. In a blockbuster trade, the Rams sent the 2016 first overall pick to Detroit in exchange for the 2009 first overall pick. Turning 33 years old in February, Stafford is coming off a quality 2020 campaign, as he completed 64 percent of his passes for 4,084 yards (7.7 YPA), 26 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. Stafford should start immediately in Los Angeles. The situation out West will be far better than it was in the Motor City. He'll be equipped with star receivers Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp, young running backs Cam Akers and Darrell Henderson and a sturdy offensive line.
The Rams have reportedly "explored the possibilities" of potentially acquiring Stafford, according to ESPN's Jeremy Fowler. That said, the Rams still have fellow QB Jared Goff under contract, so it's unclear how their reported interest in Stafford might play out. In any case, it looks like they've join the ranks of NFL franchises who might consider making a run at Stafford, who's in line to mutually part ways with the Lions. With that in mind, Fowler notes that "NFL teams started reaching out to the Lions about (the veteran signal caller) earlier this week."
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|3||09/26||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||12||19.80|
|6||10/17||@New York Giants||3||17.63|
|10||11/15||@San Francisco 49ers||9||18.25|
|12||11/28||@Green Bay Packers||7||18.00|
|18||01/09||San Francisco 49ers||9||18.25|
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