In a recent article from ESPN’s Mike Clay, the NFL and fantasy football analysts ranked the 25 biggest offseason upgrades for every team. To what shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone, the move to replace Jared Goff with Matthew Stafford was ranked by Clay as the second-best upgrade from this entire offseason.
Here’s what Clay had to say about the move along with Goff’s 2020 stat line next to how Stafford is projected to finish in 2021:
Goff’s 2020 stat line: 370 of 552, 3,952 yards, 20 TDs, 13 INTs
Stafford’s 2021 projection: 399 of 610, 4,575 yards, 25 TDs, 12 INTs
“Coach Sean McVay did his best to maximize Goff’s skill set during their time together, but the Rams finally made the decision to upgrade during the offseason. Stafford, meanwhile, had a lot on his shoulders while dealing with underwhelming supporting casts and a head coach merry-go-round during 12 seasons in Detroit.”
“The 33-year-old is now matched with an elite mind in McVay in Los Angeles and will have a sufficient line and solid group of targets led by Robert Woods, Cooper Kupp and Cam Akers. The Lions might have struggled last season, but Stafford showed he was still an effective passer, ranking 16th in Total QBR, 13th in PFF grade and 13th in average net yards per attempt. It’s possible we’ve yet to see the best McVay offense, and perhaps Stafford will unlock its ceiling.”
I’m sure you all agree that this was one of the best upgrades of the offseason, but if you think it deserves to hold the top spot, tell us why below.
And now for today’s links.
11 Rams players who are changing their jersey numbers in 2021 (The Rams Wire)
Here’s what Sean McVay hopes to get out of OTAs (The Rams Wire)
Rams running backs are light on experience (Ramblin’ Fan)
Ranking the 25 biggest position upgrades over the offseason (ESPN+)
Veteran OT Jared Veldheer is retiring (ESPN)
Top-11 players from service academies (NFL.com)
Bold predictions for the 2021 season (NFL.com)
The Packers plan to call Aaron Rodgers’ bluff (Pro Football Talk)
Every NFL team’s surprise rookie gem (Bleacher Report)