NFL lines handicappers will have the additional task of trying to sort out the Lions quarterbacking situation for the upcoming NFL gambling campaign as there is no clear cut starter. The NFL lines currently have Daunte Culpepper on the depth chart as the starting quarterback for the 2009 NFL gambling season.
Behind him are Drew Stanton, Drew Henson, and number one draft pick Matt Stafford. That is not a list that inspires confidence against the NFL lines. Culpepper had far and away his worst season ever against the NFL lines as a pro last year with a quarterback rating of only 63.9.
His career has been in steady decline after two phenomenal seasons against the NFL lines with the Minnesota Vikings in 2003 and 2004. He had quarterback ratings of 96.4 in 2003 and then 110.7 in 2004 which was his peak.
Since that time Culpepper has regressed against the NFL lines and has also been a man without a home as he played for Miami, Oakland and then Detroit since 2006. Drew Stanton will be entering his 3rd season against the NFL lines and actually had a nice quarterback rating of 95.0 in 3 games last year.
The question will be whether he can demonstrate the ability to perform at that level against the NFL lines on a consistent basis. Drew Henson at one time was considered the quarterback of the future for Dallas until Tony Romo came along.
Henson has never developed since his rookie campaign in 2004 although in the 2 games he played last year he had a decent quarterback rating of 85.4. He is a hometown hero having played his college ball for the Michigan Wolverines.
Stafford could see considerable playing time as the top pick in the draft and with Detroit unlikely to contend this year. If he develops with any kind of pace at all the job may fall into his lap.
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