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Lions notes: How accurate of a deep ball passer is Matthew Stafford?

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He’s got a big arm, but how accurate is it?

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  • It’s common knowledge that Matthew Stafford has one of the strongest arms in the league, but is it accurate? Jonathan Kinsley of Brick Wall Blitz did a very intensive study of NFL quarterbacks and their deep ball accuracy. He found that Matthew Stafford, based on charting every 2016 pass, was one of the least accurate passers for passes over 16 yards—28th of the qualifying 31 quarterbacks. However, he jumps to 14th in passes over 20 yards.

You can see where he lines up with the rest of the quarterbacks in the charts below (click to magnify):

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