Coming in at a disappointing 88th on the CBS Top 100 list is newly acquired LA Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford. Why disappointing? Well, the guy was clearly one of the hottest NFL properties when he was placed on the trading block, and he was eventually traded for an amazingly successful young quarterback, a 2020 third-round pick, a 2021 first-round pick, and a 2022 first-round pick. Justin Herbert, Dak Prescott, and many other NFL quarterbacks would have gotten that much value in any trade.
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Matthew Stafford is the comeback kid. He is the guy who has done more with less for a very long time in the NFL. He’s been the beacon of hope for the city of Detroit, a bastion of professionalism in a storm of turnstile head coaches, general managers, and offensive coordinators. With each new iteration of the Detroit Lions offense, roster, and season, it was Matthew Stafford that gave the desperate fans hope for a successful campaign.
If that is only good enough to be the 88th quarterback in the Top 100 list, so be it. We’ll find out in 2021 whether Stafford is truly an NFL stud or dud, as he will be leading one of the most dangerous offenses in the NFL. Of course, the Rams offense has seen better days as well, so this will not simply be plopping Stafford into a 747 on autopilot. He will need to knock off the rust of this offense. He will need to push the ball downfield until that becomes second nature.
How many quarterbacks have a legitimate shot at a 5000-yard season? How many have a legitimate shot at 30 passing touchdowns this year? Matthew Stafford most certainly does. That’s the 2021 reality for the 88th ranked player. If other quarterbacks cannot say the same, they are ranked too highly.