Stafford already taking teammates' ribbing -- and earning their respect

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Good story from the Associated Press on how rookie QB Matthew Stafford is fitting in, how Stafford's teammates are teasing him (yes, much of it involves his paychecks), and importantly, how impressed they are with Stafford already. "So far, he's more than lived up to the hype — he's been very impressive," defensive end Eric Hicks said. Another interesting wrinkle: Stafford's arrival has ramped up Daunte Culpepper's and Drew Stanton's play considerably, Coach Jim Schwartz noted.