Stafford is anxious on the first day of minicamp

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Lions QB Matthew Stafford might have wanted to prove his $72 million, six-year contract on the first day of minicamp, but Lions coach Jim Schwartz said the rookie QB might have been a little too anxious to validate his total worth. "When you go through a first practice as a rookie, you're so anxious to get going and you're out of control," Schwartz said. "Then all of the sudden, later in practice, you start settling down -- I think we saw that in Matthew." Detroit held the first of its three-day minicamp for rookies Friday, allowing the Lions' scouting department the opportunity to evaluate their No. 1 overall draft pick. "He was wild with some throws, but then he started settling into a groove, started working together with some of the wide receivers and then all of the sudden you started seeing some better things later in practice," Schwartz said.

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