Matt be nimble, Matt be quick: Lions’ Stafford shows off improved footwork

Josh Katzenstein
The Detroit News

Allen Park — Matthew Stafford looks slimmer than he has in past seasons, and after a dominant game against the New York Giants Monday in which he displayed great footwork, the Lions quarterback took questions about his weight Wednesday.

One reporter even asked if he’s lost 15 pounds.

“No, that’s not accurate,” he said.

Stafford, who scored his 10th career rushing touchdown Monday after a juke move, said he’s down about three pounds from last year, but brushed off the idea that he did anything extraordinary in the offseason to improve his conditioning.

ESPN “Monday Night Football” analyst Jon Gruden suggested during the game that Stafford looked like he was in better shape.

“I think it’s important to be in as good of shape as you can possibly be in,” Stafford said. “This is a long season. There’s no question about that, so I’m just doing everything I can to be as ready to go on Sundays as I can.”

Stafford is listed at 234 pounds on the roster, which is actually two pounds heavier than in 2013. Of course, weight is not the only way to determine what kind of shape he’s in, but Stafford said he hasn’t tested his body composition to see any changes in body fat.

Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson said he could tell Stafford looked quicker in Monday’s game and said all of Stafford’s extra footwork drills helped this summer.

“I guess it’s paying off,” Stafford said of the footwork drills. “I think you guys think I’m Cam Newton out here.

“I’m buying a couple extra seconds. It’s nothing to write home about.”