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Lions’ Matthew Stafford talks new backup QB Chase Daniel

Matthew Stafford, Chase Daniel, Lions

Quarterback Chase Daniel signed a three-year contract with the Detroit Lions as a free agent and Matthew Stafford is excited to have him on board.

Stafford and Daniel didn’t grow up too far away from each other, and he said the two guys have become good friends and stayed in close contact through the years.

“He was really a good high school player, and a good college player,” Stafford said after Daniel signed, via the Lions’ team website. “He did a nice job of building a career in the NFL.

“We grew up not far from each other. He and I have known each other for a long time. Off and on throughout our NFL careers. I’d go up and talk to him whenever we played one of his teams.

Daniel has been in the league since 2010 but only started 10 games. Even with the lack of starts, most have raved about the new Lions backup’s locker room presence.

“I’m happy to have him here. He’s a guy who’s been around some good offenses and some good offensive minds.

“I’m happy to have him on our team. He’s a good dude.”

The hope for Stafford and the Lions is that he continues to be a good backup but the team doesn’t have to use him for more than that. Stafford only played in eight games in 2019 and, without a quality backup, the team struggled in his absence.

In 2020 with Daniel, if Stafford were to go down with injury, the Lions should be in a great spot to still find a lot of success.