Matthew Stafford is officially the LA Rams quarterback for 2021

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LA Rams Matthew Stafford
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One tough cookie

He gutted out playing through a laundry list of nagging injuries last year, too, but that did not deter him from finishing the year with the most passing yards he’s put up since 2017. He holds Detroit franchise records for most career passing yards (41,025), highest career completion percentage (62.48%), and most career passing touchdowns (256).

In 2020, he only fumbled twice in 16 games played, and throughout his career has taken good care of the pigskin. In 528 passing attempts last year, he only threw 10 interceptions. So the Rams are getting a QB who understands the importance of ball security and minimizing turnovers.

And whereas the Rams had a former QB in Goff who sometimes appeared tentative, indecisive, and skittish in the pocket, particularly when facing pressure, Stafford gives the team a deep-ball bomber who’s not afraid to wind it up and let it rip.

Stafford has earned the respect and admiration of his fellow NFL players, too. The Rams All-Pro tackle left Andrew Whitworth recently said as much in this video clip at the 37:40 mark:

Now for the elephant in the room, can Matthew Stafford win consistently?