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Notes: Matthew Stafford talks family life, offseason work from Georgia

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An update from the player who will remain the starting quarterback for the Lions

NCAA FOOTBALL: NOV 26 Georgia Tech at Georgia Photo by Jeffrey Vest/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Detroit Lions starting quarterback Matthew Stafford spoke to reporters on Thursday via Zoom video conferencing. In various accounts of the call, reporters provided details from Stafford on a wide range of topics. Michael Rothstein at ESPN led with the fact that the veteran was not bothered by rumors earlier in the year that the team was shopping him for a trade, nor by the possibility that Detroit could draft Tua Tagovailoa from Alabama.

Justin Rogers at the Detroit News highlighted the family time and travel done by the Staffords prior to heightened restrictions. Noting the family’s return to their offseason home in Georgia where Stafford spent his college career, both Kyle Meinke from MLive and Dave Birkett at the Detroit Free Press wrote about bonus practice sessions the quarterback has done with teammates. Meinke pointed out Stafford’s appreciation for the wide array of tools fellow Georgia Bulldog D’Andre Swift brings to the offense.

There were also a few nuggets that did not make the officially filed articles, but remind us what a funny guy Stafford can be:

The official team social media accounts posted part of the call, which you can watch on YouTube:

Wheels is feeling great and hoping we can all have a safe 2020 season, which we all expect him to be around for in Detroit. With that, we now move on to the rest of today’s Notes:

  • The Lions finalized their preseason schedule on Friday: