Matthew Stafford looks to take a page from Peyton Manning’s book

There is no debate as to whether or not Peyton Manning is one of the greatest quarterbacks ever to play in the NFL. There is also no debate whether or not Manning is one of the most dedicated quarterbacks ever to play the game.

Each year during the offseason, Manning and some of his wide receivers and tight ends meet at Duke University to get in some extra work. This is in addition to the other offseason workouts scheduled with his current NFL team. These workouts are something Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford is hoping to incorporate into his offseason workout beginning immediately.

Stafford hopes to get some workouts in with Calvin Johnson in Atlanta sometime in July and the hope is that some of the Lions other players will join them.

“I think it’s big,” Stafford said. “I’m obviously in Atlanta quite a bit, so Calvin’s right there, throw with him some. But try to find a way to get together with some of the other guys as well.”

In 2014, Stafford and the Lions offense struggled to put points on the board, something that must change if they want to contend again for a playoff spot in 2015. The veteran quarterback understands the importance of everyone being on the same page when the season begins.

“This team is a hard-working team and we go away, we come back in great shape,” Stafford said. “But there’s no substitute for running routes for a receiver and catching the ball from the guy you’re going to be catching the ball from during the season. And there’s really no substitute for me throwing to a spot — and throwing to somebody that’s not on our team, it just isn’t as beneficial as being together and doing that. So hopefully we’ll get together and do some of that.”

The Lions offense has the weapons to be successful and they used the NFL draft to add to their arsenal. They drafted Laken Tomlinson in the first round to upgrade the offensive line and selected Ameer Abdullah in the second round to help replace the departure of Reggie Bush.

Tomlinson is a very educated player who should make an immediate impact on an offensive line that allowed Stafford to be sacked 45 times in 2014.

Abdullah should get his fair share of snaps and will be a nice outlet for Stafford coming out of the backfield. He has nice hands and knows what to do after he catches the ball.

Getting everyone comfortable playing together will be a key to the Lions offense in 2015 and Stafford taking a page from Manning could prove to speed up the process. If things end up for Stafford the way they have for Manning there will be some pretty happy fans in Detroit. We can only hope.