Stafford says he's ready to start for the Lions

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Wednesday June 23, 2009

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) -- Matthew Stafford says he's preparing tostart for the Detroit Lions.

The first pick overall in the NFL draft said Wednesday he would have that mindset even if he was a third-string quarterback behind Daunte Culpepper and Drew Stanton.

Detroit coach Jim Schwartz has said that the best players, who are also ready physically and mentally, will be on the field next season.

Stafford has shown during a mandatory minicamp why the Lions took the Georgia quarterback, displaying touch on long passes, pinpoint accuracy on shorter routes and leadership. Culpepper says he hasn't felt as good as he does since 2004, when he threw 39 touchdowns for the Minnesota Vikings.

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