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2014 Lions grades by position

BY JOSH KATZENSTEIN / Quarterback: Ask three different people to evaluate Matthew Stafford and they’ll likely all have a different answer. At times, he flashes the talent that convinced the Lions to draft him first overall in 2009, but there are plenty of other instances where he looks lost. Ultimately, after six NFL seasons, it’s clear Stafford is simply average compared to the rest of the starters in the league. In 2014, he improved with regards to taking risks, throwing just 12 interceptions after having at least 16 each of the previous three years. But there were still far too many plays when he would miss open reads, either with off-target throws or by passing to someone covered instead. Considering this offense is built around the quarterback, Stafford ranking 25th in completion percentage, 19th in yards per attempt (7.1), 14th in touchdowns (22), 21st in passer rating (85.7) and 21st in total QBR (55.1 out of 100) simply wasn’t good enough for what was expected to be a high-powered offense. Grade: C

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2014 Lions grades by position