Fox Sports: Lions’ moves will give QB Stafford big lift

The Detroit News

Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford figures to be a happy guy these days.

He and wife, Kelly, are parents to twin girls, born last month. Stafford also is getting a lot of help, so he can do his job.

The Lions revamped their offensive line this offseason, letting Riley Reiff and Larry Warford walk, and bringing in tackle Rick Wagner and guard T.J. Lang. Those are two reasons why Fox Sports listed Stafford among nine NFL players Tuesday who will benefit most from their team’s offseason moves.

“That’ll not only help Ameer Abdullah and the running game,” writes Fox Sports’ Cameron DaSilva, “but it’ll also keep Matthew Stafford upright … and probably happy.

“Wagner is one of the best right tackles in the game, and when healthy, Lang is a terrific Pro Bowl guard. The Lions’ offensive line wasn’t among the worst in the league last season, but it certainly wasn’t one of the best. Things could have gotten really bad had the Lions lost Warford and Reiff without replacing them with Pro Bowl players.”

Also on the list is former Michigan quarterback Tom Brady, fresh off leading the New England Patriots to a Super Bowl victory, who adds reciever Brandin Cooks and tight end Dwayne Allen.

“The rich get richer,” DaSilva writes.

Receiver Terrelle Pryor also landed on the list, after moving from the Cleveland Browns to Washington, where he’ll team up with former Michigan State quarterback Kirk Cousins.

“Do you think Pryor will be happy about having one quarterback and one quarterback only starting for the entire season,” DaSilva writes “He certainly will be, and it’ll help his production significantly. Look for him to put up more than 1,200 yards and possibly eclipse double-digit touchdowns with Cousins at quarterback. (Washington) had the seventh-most pass attempts in the league last season.”