The Lions announced Friday that Daunte Culpepper will start Detroit’s preseason opener, with number one overall pick Matthew Stafford entering in the second quarter.
Stafford will be able to play with the first-team offensive line when he enters. If he looks as promising in the preseason as he has during Lions practices, he will likely be the Week One starter.
And there’s the problem for Culpepper; a dead heat isn’t good enough. Culpepper has to show he’s far better than Stafford or the Lions will decide to start Stafford’s learning process on the field.
Stafford is expected to start the second Detroit preseason game because its his turn in the rotation.
If all goes well, Culpepper won’t get another chance.