Jun 10, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) during mini camp at Detroit Lions training facility. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Detroit Lions 'impressed' with Matthew Stafford early in camp

Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford seemed to have hit a plateau in his career, but all signs seem to be pointing towards the team’s starting signal-caller making strides in the right direction and the team has been happy with the progress they have seen.

“He is getting better,” Lions head coach Jim Caldwell said, via the Detroit Lions. “His command of the offense has been good.”

When Caldwell spoke about Stafford’s growth, he commented on the quarterback’s ability to study during the offseason and how Stafford’s understanding of the team’s new offense is something that has the team excited about what could be next.

“I was impressed when he came back that first of all he did not miss a beat,” Caldwell said. “He’s a very, very smart guy. You could tell he’s worked at it even during the summer.

“In every facet when he came back, I could see improvement — footwork, accuracy, timing, command of the offense, all of those things. Now we get a chance to see if we can put it together a little bit more, add a few more things, keep progressing and then get some real challenges from our opposition as we start preseason.”

The Lions have plenty of talent on the offensive side of the ball and if Stafford is able to continue making strides and improve during the 2014-15 regular season, the Lions could finally live up to some of the hype that they had received in recent years.

Stafford is instrumental to the team’s success, and with Golden Tate and Eric Ebron joining Calvin Johnson in the offensive attack the Lions could be poised for a breakout year.

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