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Lions notes: ESPN calls Matthew Stafford most-improved running quarterback

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“Wheels” Stafford got some well-earned recognition from the Worldwide Leader on Tuesday.

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Last season, he had 26 runs past the line of scrimmage for 171 yards (6.6 yards per carry), while this season he scrambled 27 times for 213 yards (7.9 yards per carry). He also had four broken tackles, after only two in 2015.

He was also the runner-up behind Andrew Luck in the “passing quarterback” category.

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Glover Quin was the only player in the @NFL to play 100% of his team's defensive snaps this year.

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Golden Tate sure was impressed:

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