Brandt: Stafford showing ‘total dedication’

DALLAS — After participating in players-only workouts last week with his Detroit Lions teammates, quarterback Matthew Stafford returned to his native Dallas. I saw him while working out the other day at a local school … and I barely recognized him.

From the waist up, Stafford looked like an offensive lineman. From the waist down, he had the legs of a wide receiver. In other words, not only is he fully recovered from the shoulder injury that sidelined him much of the 2010 season, but he also has gotten himself into phenomenal shape.

Fans have been worried about Stafford’s health. From what I’ve seen, there’s nothing to worry about. Stafford looked great throwing passes in 100-degree weather down here in Texas. And afterward, Stafford told me he felt very positive about the practices that took place in Detroit.

Stafford said he liked what he saw from both of Detroit’s second-round draft picks — WR Titus Young and RB Mikel LeShoure. Both rookies were at the practice last week and Stafford said both looked good catching the ball.

Stafford has shown total dedication this offseason, and he appears determined to have a breakout season.

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