Teams may not be able to work out at their official facilities quite yet, but that hasn’t stopped Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford from getting to know his new teammates.
A video emerged on Instagram of Stafford suiting up with second-round pick D’Andre Swift, fifth-round pick Quintez Cephus, and Lions tight end Isaac Nauta. The common link between all four players—besides being Lions—is that they all have roots in Georgia. Swift, Nauta and Stafford all obviously went to Georgia for college, while Cephus went to high school in Georgia.
This week, the Lions began offseason activities with virtual meetings, but as general manager Bob Quinn explained, they aren’t very intensive.
“We’re going to use two hours every day during the phase one to do online classroom,” Quinn said. “So, that’s what we’re going to do. That’s going to be what we ask our players to do, obviously it’s voluntary. So, that will be two hours a day. I believe it’s Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, or Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday. I can’t remember, four days a week starting Monday. That’s what we’ll do and then they’ll workout on their own.”
It’s obviously nice to see Stafford reach out to his new teammates and get that workout going to build early chemistry. With what could very likely be a shortened offseason program, there’s not a moment to waste, and Stafford is doing all he can to get a leg up on his competition. And based on the audio, it sounds like he isn’t done working out with his new Georgia boys.