We will see soon enough if Matthew Stafford gets a thumbs up from new offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi. (Daniel Mears / Detroit News)
The Lions’ Matthew Stafford has fallen three spots to No. 16 on Ron Jaworski’s preseason rankings of the top 32 NFL quarterbacks.
Jaworski’s analysis is updated from his final 2013 season rankings in December. Jaworski is an ESPN analyst. He was an NFL quarterback from 1974-89, primarily with the Eagles.
“Stafford has top-10 arm talent and is capable of making throws that few quarterbacks can make,” Jaworski says. “Frankly, on talent alone he should be in the top 10 of this ranking, but I have to put him down at No. 16 because he missed too many throws. He has great confidence in his skill set and consistently shows the ability to make stick throws, but he's erratic with his accuracy and ability to read coverage.”
Jaworski’s top three are Peyton Manning of the Broncos, Tom Brady of the Patriots and Aaron Rodgers of the Packers. His rankings exclude rookie quarterbacks.