What, Matthew Stafford hasn't landed the starting gig already? Well what are they paying him all that money for?
ESPN is reporting that Lions' GM Martin Mayhew has tentatively named Daunte Culpepper as the team's starting quarterback.
"He's a pro, and I trust Daunte," Mayhew told the (Detroit) Free Press' Carlos Monarrez. "He's got a lot of ability, and I anticipate that if we had something to do today, Daunte would be the guy today. But we've got a lot of time to work, and we'll see how it goes."
It doesn't sound like this is anything more than the typical lip service early on. A team would be insane to name a rookie as the starter after one weekend of workouts, so this is really not news. Still, with a veteran like Culpepper (who also has a long relationship with O coordinator Scott Linehan) on the roster, Stafford will probably have a bit tougher time landing the starting job this fall than Matt Ryan had a year ago in Atlanta.