Lions' Stanzi keeps focus on preparation

Josh Katzenstein
The Detroit News
Ricky Stanzi

Despite the non-committal responses from Matthew Stafford and coach Jim Caldwell on Monday, it looks like the quarterback will probably play Sunday night against the Denver Broncos.

But, if Stafford suffers any setbacks or his injuries are worrisome enough, the Lions could promote Ricky Stanzi from the practice squad to be the No. 3 option behind backup Dan Orlovsky.

With that in mind, though, Stanzi said his preparation this week won't change.

"That's kind of one of the things you always keep the same in the quarterback room is everybody prepares as if you had to go in there and play," he said. "I think that's just a good way to go about your business no matter what position."

Lions coach Jim Caldwell said there's a chance the team would look to add another quarterback depending on Stafford's health and "certainly" Stanzi would be among the players considered.

The 28-year-old Stanzi has never appeared in a game and has spent time with five teams, either in training camp, on the roster or on a practice squad.

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The Lions signed Stanzi to the practice group after Kellen Moore signed with the Dallas Cowboys' practice squad. Stanzi worked with Lions quarterbacks coach Jim Bob Cooter in Kansas City in 2012, a year after the Chiefs drafted him in the fifth round.

The Lions signed Stanzi the Tuesday before Week 1, so he had to learn the playbook quickly to assist in practice. He admits he dealt with some anxiety the first week as he adjusted to a new city and had to help his family move, but he feels a bit more comfortable with the scheme now.

"It's hard to be really comfortable with obviously no reps and not being in camp with these guys," he said. "This is one of six offenses that I've been in, so I've been used to kind of adjusting on the fly."