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Recapping Matthew Stafford's Appearance On NFL Total Access

DETROIT - NOVEMBER 7: Matthew Stafford #9 of the Detroit Lions warms up prior to the start of the game against the New York Jets at Ford Field on November 7 2010 in Detroit Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
DETROIT - NOVEMBER 7: Matthew Stafford #9 of the Detroit Lions warms up prior to the start of the game against the New York Jets at Ford Field on November 7 2010 in Detroit Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
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Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford was interviewed by Rich Eisen on NFL Total Access (via phone) on Friday evening. Here is a rundown of what Stafford had to say:

  • On his recovery from shoulder surgery: "I feel great. [...] I feel 100 percent."
  • Stafford doesn't want to hang out with Dr. James Andrews anymore after seeing him so much over the last two seasons.
  • Stafford hopes to play all 16 games and more next season.
  • Stafford spent 10 weeks with Dr. Andrews and trainers for their rehab program to strengthen his shoulder and to get as strong as possible.
  • It was tough for Stafford to sit on the sideline with an injury after not dealing with it at all in college.
  • "I had to change my role a little bit." While injured, Stafford had to become a leader off the field in a way he wasn't used to.
  • It was great for Stafford to be back on the field with his teammates for player-organized workouts. They were excited to see him healthy again.
  • The workouts were probably more exciting for him than anyone in his mind.
  • On all of the Lions' weapons on offense: "We can throw the ball intermediate to tight ends -- we've got two great tight ends. We can stretch the field with Calvin (Johnson) and Titus (Young) and Nate Burleson and hurt people out of the backfield with Jahvid Best and (Mikel) Leshoure and a few other guys too. It's exciting. If we can all stay healthy together and play all 16 I think we've got a chance to be pretty good."
  • One of the things that hurt about the lockout is that the Lions couldn't get together immediately after the season and throughout the offseason and ride the momentum they generated at the end of last year.
  • "We're just waiting for the owners to let us come back in and start workouts and play together."
  • Eisen joked that if Stafford is ever out in LA, Eisen has some soft hands and could be a wide receiver for him. Stafford said he saw Eisen's 40-yard dash and joked that he could go over the top on a defense.