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Notes: Matthew Stafford ‘has the pieces in place’ to be an MVP candidate

It’s no longer crazy to think Matthew Stafford may be an MVP candidate, according to one NFL writer.

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Freeman also spoke on how negotiations with Stafford are currently going, noting that “he’s going to get a new contract; it’s just a question of when.” However, according to Freeman, the deal may take longer than a few weeks. “Speaking to someone close to Stafford, I get the sense his side isn’t overly optimistic something can get done before the start of the season.”

  • You haven’t truly watched Lions vs. Jets until you’ve watched Sandman’s “Slowlights” of the game:

  • A lot of Lions fans continue to be worried about Ezekiel Ansah and his mysterious injury. So here’s a long-distance, blurry video of him running during Tuesday’s practice:

Ziggy Ansah doing some light running at practice for the first time (publicly) this fall

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  • Here are some quick hits from Tuesday night’s mostly uneventful Fan Forum at Ford Field with Roger Goodell.

Rod Wood is not all that interested in “Hard Knocks” coming to Detroit:

Goodell had some very nice things to say about Lions owner Martha Firestone Ford:

Rod Wood’s got some jokes:

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