Matthew Stafford up close

Tuesday’s SportsNation chat included a question from Rick T, who wondered if I had a first-hand account of the reported upper-body work Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford has accomplished this offseason. I didn’t attend any of the Lions’ recent workouts, but fortuitously, the NFL Network has posted video of Stafford throwing, workout and participating in a mean tug-of-war competition.

Check out the video here. I’m not exactly an expert in physique transformations, so I’ll let you be the judge.

Earlier: ESPN injury analyst Stephania Bell said Stafford’s stronger upper body could help protect against future injuries, but the biggest factor for Stafford’s prognosis is the surgery he finally agreed to have in January.