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Matthew Stafford make quick transition to life after Calvin Johnson

DETROIT, MI - OCTOBER 09: Matthew Stafford #9 of the Detroit Lions calls a play at the line of scrimmage against the Philadelphia Eagles at Ford Field on October 9, 2016 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images) Getty Images

Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford has said that the absence of receiver Calvin Johnson will make things tougher on opposing defenses. It ultimately hasn’t been that tough for the offense to adjust, according to Stafford.

“It didn’t take me too long,” Stafford told reporters on Wednesday regarding his adjustment to life without Calvin. “You get out there on the field, and you throw to the guys you have, and whoever is open gets the ball. That’s kind of how I’ve always been. Obviously, losing a Hall-of-Fame talent affects some things, but our guys have stepped up and have done a really nice job of getting open and making plays. Marvin [Jones] has been no different than any of the other guys. He’s done a great job. When he’s been given opportunities to make plays, he’s made them.”

Jones has 519 receiving yards in five games, the team’s leader by far. Tight end Eric Ebron has 210, running back Theo Riddick has 190, receiver Anquan Boldin has 184, and receiver Golden Tate has 134.

Stafford has 1,378 yards passing, putting him on track for 4,410 yards for the season. That would be his highest total since 2013, when he had 4,650 yards passing.

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6 Responses to “Matthew Stafford make quick transition to life after Calvin Johnson”
  1. lionfanca says: Oct 12, 2016 1:40 PM

    More Touch on the ball please..

  2. saints737 says: Oct 12, 2016 2:46 PM

    Oh so what he’s saying is that he’s just not very good…If he’s already adjusted fine and everything.

  3. slickspielman says: Oct 12, 2016 2:55 PM

    Golden Tate lmfao

  4. mazenblue says: Oct 12, 2016 3:07 PM

    saints737 says:
    Oct 12, 2016 2:46 PM

    Oh so what he’s saying is that he’s just not very good…If he’s already adjusted fine and everything.

    Every year, if you take away Calvin Johnsons yards, Matt Stafford still has more yards than more than half the leagues starting QB. So what you say is false

  5. bringbackwayne says: Oct 12, 2016 5:26 PM

    Certainly a top 10 QB right now.

  6. polegojim says: Oct 12, 2016 8:53 PM

    @mazenblue… Isn’t it time we quit celebrating Staffords STATS. No Lombardi Trophies for best statistical QBs.

    Stafford pads the stats, then chokes at big moments and he’s had some VERY GOOD receiver corps. It’s time for the choke to stop.

    Matthew Stafford
    Phillip Rivers
    Jay Cutler
    Brian Griese
    Tony Romo
    Derrick Carr
    Tyrod Taylor
    Andy Dalton

    Notice what they all have in common? All achieved GREAT stats… and that’s it.

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