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Instead, Stafford and Moore went to breakfast.
“He seems like a great guy,” Stafford said at the Taste of the Lions event at Ford Field on Tuesday night. “Obviously has great knowledge of the system. It’s changed a little bit and we talked about that, but not too much where it’ll be tough for him to learn it.
“Once he gets caught up to speed as to where we line up, our formations have changed some. Other than that, the route tree for him is very similar, so we’ll see what happens. He’s obviously a guy that’s proven himself in this offense and this league.”
That was one of the things that attracted the Lions to the 31-year-old Moore, who spent eight years in New Orleans before playing sparingly for Pittsburgh last season. He understands a lot of the nuances of the Detroit offense because of the similarities between what he used to run and what former Saints assistant Joe Lombardi installed as Detroit’s offensive coordinator last season.
He’s also a player who had a lot of success in New Orleans’ offense, catching 346 passes for 4,281 yards and 38 touchdowns in his eight years with the Saints, including a 1,041-yard season in 2012. His statistics declined from that point to last year, where he caught only 14 passes for 198 yards with the Steelers before being released in March.
Now he returns to an offense he has a lot of comfort with. Stafford said Moore’s experience in the New Orleans offense could particularly help receivers see how the offense works from a different, veteran, perspective. That can only help.
“He’s always had a great knack for being able to get open, particularly with great spatial awareness,” Lions coach Jim Caldwell said. “We’re happy to have him and give Matthew another opportunity to throw to another quality receiver.
“It’s going to be fun for us.”
Lance Moore once played for Lions offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi when they were together in New Orleans.