Four Downs: Stafford, V-Jax prove worth
Of course, that Week 9 game against the Jets was also the last time we saw Stafford; he injured his throwing shoulder in the fourth quarter and didn't play again the rest of the season. Stafford's season also ended prematurely as a struggling rookie. That's basically my concern with Stafford, the durability, because it's not his ability. This guy was the first overall draft pick in 2009, which in itself isn't important -- other top picks have failed -- but I think the fellow has serious game. But the injury history is why I can justify ranking him in the top 10 for a given week, in a beautiful matchup when he's healthy, but not for the season. Who knows how many games he ends up starting?
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