Saturday, May 2, 2009

Bustwatch: Day 1

Looks like little Matty Stafford was a wee bit inaccurate.

At Day 1 of the Lions' rookie orientation Friday, Stafford, by my count, completed both of his throws in 11-on-11 work, 7-of-13 passes in 7-on-7 and was 10-of-16 in 1-on-1 passing drills. His first pass in warmups was a wobbly toss to special teams assistant Brad Banta, but by and large he was crisp with his throws and appeared to make the right reads and progressions.

“What happens, and it's Matthew and it's probably 90 percent of the guys out here, when you go through a first practice as a rookie you're so anxious to get get going and you're out of control and things like that,” Lions coach Jim Schwartz said. “Then all of a sudden later in practice you start settling down a little bit. I think we saw that with Matthew today, just chomping at the bit early, was wild with some throws, but then he started settling into a groove, started working together with some of the wide receivers, then all of a sudden you started seeing some better things later on in practice.”


  1. [tongue in cheek]

    From the "completely irrelevant comparison historic files," we have these for Ryan and Flacco's first practices last year:


    The coaching staff and Ryan's teammates were impressed with his poise. Ryan wasted little time talking with rookies and veterans on the field, offering congratulatory helmet slaps to anyone who made a nice play.

    “I thought Matt threw the ball well out there," Smith said.

    [No word on if he wasn't accurate, does say Ryan was nervous.)

    One practice doesn't reveal a whole lot, although in Flacco's case it did show many of the qualities that convinced the Ravens to make him the highest-drafted quarterback in franchise history (18th overall). He threw the ball with fairly good accuracy and excellent velocity, which is his most compelling attribute. He was part of the lone highlight play of the non-contact session, connecting with wide receiver Mark Clayton on a 50-yard bomb.


    What does this tell us? I think it says that Stafford is destined to become the league's first $72MM 45% passers.



    Sanchez, who held another unscheduled meeting Friday night -- this one with the offensive line to discuss protections -- also has the ability to snap back from a poor practice. After a so-so morning session that he described as "decent," he came out humming in the afternoon workout. He hit his first six passes in seven-on-seven drills and finished 12-of-15. He connected on 2 of 4 passes in 11-on-11 drills.

  3. if only we had this blog when boller was sucking it up.

  4. I took my lumps from Boller, believe me. I've learned my lessons...never again will I overestimate the caliber of an inaccurate poor decision maker with a rocket launcher arm coming into the NFL.

    I'm on record on another forum as thinking the Lions just bought themselves Kyle Boller for $72MM. I like the Lions, so I hope that's not the case. But I unfortunately think it will be.


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