"Every single time you throw, you throw at a target," Caldwell said, per MLive.com. "I'm trying to hit your right ear, I'm trying to hit your left shoulder. Every single time, even when you're warming up. You work on your accuracy just constantly and you look at small targets. That's what gets you accustomed to being able to pinpoint your accuracy."
Caldwell said Stafford can be much more precise."He has the ability to do that," Caldwell said. "But the key is to be able to do it more consistently. That's what we're always striving for."
Start with Tate, who is coming off a career year in 2013 with 64 catches for 898 yards and five touchdowns in Seattle. He has been stifled by the Seahawks run-heavy offense the past two years with Russell Wilson, but all that is about to change.
This should be his first chance for a 1,000-yard season, and he should score at least six touchdowns. I like Tate as a No. 3 receiver in all leagues with a mid-round pick.
As for Stafford, this gives him another playmaker, which is key. Johnson is the best receiver in the NFL, and Reggie Bush and Joique Bell are solid out of the backfield. Joseph Fauria is a sleeper tight end, but Tate adds another dimension to this passing game.
Put Stafford back on your list as a Top 5 quarterback, and I would draft him as early as Round 4 after the Top 3 come off the board in Peyton Manning, Aaron Rodgers and Drew Brees.
The bonus already has been accounted for in the Lions' salary cap.
Stafford ranked third with 4,650 yards last season but his completion percentage (58.5) declined and his interceptions (19) rose for the second straight year, the paper noted.
Former Bears general manager Jerry Angelo gave some notes on each starting quarterback around the league and didn't hold back when discussing
"Stafford, in my eyes, not only did not win games for the Lions this year, but also LOST them for his team," Angelo wrote. "Carelessness with the ball, inaccurate throws and poor mechanics will prevent him from ever turning into an elite QB. Calvin Johnson masks a lot of his faults."
Stafford threw for 4,650 yards and 29 touchdowns with 19 interceptions last season. In the Lions' last four games -- all losses -- Stafford threw five interceptions and two touchdowns.
"Every quarterback can tighten up his footwork," Lombardi said.
Stafford had 19 interceptions last year and 51 total over the last three seasons. His completion percentage has dropped over each of the last three seasons as well.
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