The early judgment on new Los Angeles Rams QB Matthew Stafford?
“Super-super.” And “elite-elite.”
Yes, Rams cornerback Jalen Ramsey - himself is pretty “super-elite” - and thinks Stafford is so nice he’s got to say it twice.
“We’re only at Day 2 (of training camp),” Ramsey said in a review of the quarterback who came from Detroit in a blockbuster NFL trade, “but just in these first two days, his ball placement … Sometimes … we may have really good coverage and he’ll throw a receiver open just by his ball placement."
“That’s been very impressive …”
Coach Sean McVay sees it the same way.
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"It seems like he feels very comfortable out here," McVay said. "There's a lot of little nuances and we're just still getting things figured out ... but he definitely has great command, and I think we could all feel that."
Ramsey reiterated the praise later on Rams Camp Live (hat-tip RamsWire), saying, “There’ve been times where I feel like I cover receivers well, even in one-on-one’s … and he’s throwing them open. His ball placement is super, super good. Something that I haven’t seen from a quarterback in a while."
Some could interpret that as a shot at Stafford's predecessor Jared Goff, who was shipped to Detroit, along with two first-round picks and a third-rounder. But truly, what the Rams need (and are paying the final two seasons of a five-year, $135 million deal for) from Stafford, 33, isn’t to be better than Goff.
It’s to be “super-super” and “elite-elite” in comparison to every quarterback in the NFL.