As part of our season wrap-up series, we are going to examine how each player on the roster performed in 2015. First, let's take a look at the Detroit Lions' quarterbacks.
2015 stats: 16 games (16 starts) | 398-592 (67.2%), 4,262 yards, 32 TD, 13 INT | 44 carries, 159 yards, 1 TD
2016 status: Signed through 2017
Despite a rocky start to the season, Stafford improved on nearly every single statistical category from 2014. He completed nearly seven percent more of his passes, threw for 10 more touchdowns and had a passer rating 11.3 points better than the previous year. His performance down the stretch (just two interceptions in the final eight games) essentially locked him into the starting job for 2016.
2015 stats: 2 games (0 starts) | 22-40 (55.0%), 201 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT
2016 status: Unrestricted free agent
Orlovsky only saw significant playing time after Stafford couldn't get anything going in the first half of the game against the Cardinals. In the game, Orlovsky didn't fare much better, completing just 55.3 percent of his 38 passes in the second half. He also closed out the 45-10 blowout at the hands of the Chiefs a few weeks later, but only threw two passes in that game.
Outlook for 2016
Barring a shocking move from new general manager Bob Quinn, Stafford will be the team's starter next year. The question is what to do with the backup situation. The Lions only went with two quarterbacks on the 53-man roster in 2015, but anything is possible next year. As for Dan Orlovsky's future with the team, it's hard to know what the Lions think of him. Orlovsky has barely played since returning to Detroit in 2014. He is a cheap option for 2016, but the Lions may want to pair him with a developmental project late in the draft.