QB Daunte Culpepper - Free Agent

6-4, 240Born: 1-28-1977College: Central FloridaDrafted: Round 1, pick

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2009 Week 4 vs CHI (6 / 11 / 54 / 0 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

Daunte Culpepper came in for the injured Matthew Stafford in Week 4. Stafford hurt his knee in the fourth quarter so Culpepper came in and played respectably, but the game was already decided by the point of the game where he entered. Culpepper's value is only if Stafford is held out next week against Pittsburgh.

2009 Week 5 vs PIT (23 / 37 / 282 / 1 / 1 pass, 3 / 44 / 0 rush)

Daunte Culpepper stepped in to start for Matthew Stafford against the Steelers in Week 5. He showed good speed when running out of the pocket, something he had to do quite often with LB James Harrison speeding in his direction on several occasions. Culpepper threw well and spread the ball to nine different receivers, a fact unfortunately helped some by the loss of Calvin Johnson to injury early in the contest. Culpepper still tends to hold the ball a little too long and also overthrew some open targets, but overall he did quite well against a tough opponent. Culpepper is likely to start again next week (at Green Bay) to buy Matthew Stafford two weeks off thanks to Detroit's Week 7 bye.

2009 Week 6 vs GB (6 / 14 / 48 / 0 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

Culpepper started for the injured Matt Stafford was completely ineffective, having a forgettable effort vs. the Packers in week 6. Daunte had a rough start (misreading a screen pass and throwing an INT on the teams first offensive drive) and was never able to get the Lions offense in gear. The list of reasons for the poor showing were plenty: lack of line support, injuries to key offensive players, and an ineffective running game. Culpepper pulled up lame after a 3rd quarter scramble and left thereafter with a hamstring injury. The Lions are off next week and it remains to be seen who will lead the them after the bye with the injuries piling up.

2009 Week 13 vs CIN (2 / 3 / 49 / 0 / 0 pass, 1 / 7 / 0 rush)

Culpepper came into the game late in the fourth quarter after Matthew Stafford took a hard hit after a throw and re-injured his non-throwing shoulder. Culpepper completed one deep pass to Calvin Johnson, who went up to grab the ball between two Bengals near the goal line on a deep post.

2009 Week 14 vs BAL (16 / 34 / 135 / 0 / 2 pass, 7 / 11 / 0 rush)

Daunte Culpepper struggled against a good Baltimore defensive performance in Week 14. The Ravens kept the pressure up against Culpepper, who did try several passes deep downfield - often in Calvin Johnson's direction - but his timing and accuracy were decidedly off. Culpepper lacked accuracy and good timing as he threw two interceptions and could have easily given up more against a good Baltimore scheme. The Ravens, even without cornerback depth and with Ed Reed on the sideline, held Culpepper under 150 yards and controlled his numbers all game long. Culpepper will head back to the bench as soon as Matthew Stafford can play once again, which might be as soon as next week.

2009 Week 15 vs ARI (6 / 12 / 64 / 0 / 1 pass, 1 / 4 / 0 rush)

Culpepper gave the Lions no chance to win, and the team knew it. He was woefully short on deep throws, one of which resulted in an INT, and he was tentative and sluggish in the pocket. He took multiple sacks before Jim Schwartz decided he had enough and pulled Culpepper in the third quarter.

2009 Week 16 vs SF (7 / 12 / 51 / 0 / 0 pass, 2 / 16 / 0 rush)

Culpepper came in during the fourth quarter and began leading the hurry up offense of the Lions as they tried to get back into the game after being down 20-3. He performed well, leading his team down the field for a FG and made smart decisions, including pulling down the ball and running for a 12 yard gain on his second play. Culpepper wasn't perfect though, and on his second series, Culpepper rolled out and could have run for a big gain and possibly a first down. However, he hesitated and the defensive caught up to him from behind. In desperation he threw the ball too hard and it bounced into the turf for an incomplete pass. He's the lesser of two evils now, and could be the starter for week 17 against the Bears.

2009 Week 17 vs CHI (23 / 34 / 262 / 2 / 1 pass, 4 / 9 / 0 rush)

Culpepper started this game for the Lions with the intention of showcasing his talents in the hope that he could secure a starting job with another team next year. He also represented the best chance that the Lions had to win their final game of the season. Culpepper didn't get the win and probably didn't convince anyone that he's a starter either. Although he had some accurate throws, Culpepper had several major mistakes and probably prevented his team from winning. On their opening drive, Culpepper and Calvin Johnson were not on the same page, and Culpepper's second pass sailed 20 yards down the field and was easily intercepted. Later in the quarter, he had Bryant Johnson open on a 3rd and 2 deep in Chicago territory, but bounced the pass up to him and the Lions had to settle for a field goal. In the fourth quarter, Culpepper led his team back into the game, and tied it at 20 on a great play by Calvin Johnson to beat his defender for the TD. However, on the following series with the Lions trailing by seven, Culpepper threw three incomplete passes after the Lions had 1st and 10 from the fourteen yardline. The Lions settled for a field goal and the game slipped away from them. Culpepper's performance was spotty, and he made several solid decisions at times during the game, and others, he missed his receiver badly or tried to force the ball into Calvin Johnson when he was well covered. He'll probably be a backup QB for someone else next season as Matthew Stafford is the future of Detroit and Culpepper believes he can still be an NFL starter.

2008 Week 10 vs JAX (5 / 10 / 104 / 0 / 1 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)

QB Daunte Culpepper made his first start of the season despite only being signed by the team earlier in the week. Culpepper's second pass was picked off by the defense and he was sacked twice. He completed a 51 yard bomb to WR Calvin Johnson but overall, he struggled as expected. He did show some nice flashes and promise for the future. Considering his situation, it wasn't a bad performance at all. He was replaced by QB Drew Stanton in the first quarter when the team made it into the red zone. Stanton threw a touchdown pass to TE John Owen but Culpepper returned for the next drive. He was finally lifted for good in the third quarter.

2008 Week 11 vs CAR (20 / 35 / 207 / 1 / 2 pass, 5 / 13 / 1 rush)

Culpepper started off the game quickly, leading the Lions to a touchdown by completing a 29 yard pass to Calvin Johnson. He was not able to consistently get the ball downfield however, as he only threw for 207 yards on 35 attempts. Culpepper struggled late in the game when he tried to force some things and ended up throwing a late interception and losing a fumble. Culpepper also ran for a touchdown from the one yard line.

2008 Week 12 vs TB (8 / 20 / 121 / 1 / 2 pass, 2 / 6 / 0 rush)

Daunte Culpepper started and finished eight of 20 for 121 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. His score came in the first quarter, where he hit WR Calvin Johnson from 15 yards out to cap off a 71 yard drive for the first score of the game. After that, however, the game went south for Culpepper. Detroit finished just four of 14 on third downs, and one Culpepper pick was returned by Tampa Bay DB Ronde Barber for a touchdown. At one point, Culpepper was replaced by youngster Drew Stanton, then had to re-enter the game after Stanton left with a concussion.

2008 Week 13 vs TEN (13 / 26 / 134 / 1 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

Culpepper showed some rapport with star receiver Calvin Johnson especially on slant routes. This was used frequently during the game with moderate success. Teams know that Culpepper wants to throw the ball to Calvin Johnson and they defend accordingly. The other impressive facet of Culpepper's game was his ability to scramble to avoid being sacked despite his 277 pound frame. This also helped him power out of potential sacks and make positive yards by extending the play. The biggest challenge for Culpepper is this game was the frequent long yardage the Lions faced due to negative plays and penalties.

2008 Week 14 vs MIN (14 / 24 / 220 / 1 / 0 pass, 3 / 7 / 0 rush)

From the outset, Culpepper looked determined to put on a good performance. He showed nice elusiveness early on in avoiding the oncoming pass rush, rolling out for a 28 yard completion to Keary Colbert. Later, he took off and displayed his still-impressive strength in running over DB Bennie Sapp on a third down scramble that resulted in a first down. His play was heady, his passes were accurate, and his ability to find the open man consistently was what kept his team in the game. He turned back the clock quite a few years on a 70 yard touchdown to Calvin Johnson. The toss by Culpepper was one of the most well thrown balls any quarterback has thrown all season long, hitting Johnson perfectly in stride down the sideline. Unfortunately, it wasn't all good for Culpepper. The Detroit offensive line left him vulnerable far too often, at one point completely missing a block on DE Jared Allen, who shot through the line for the easiest sack he's ever gotten. Culpepper had two early opportunities to convert fourth downs, but on one he was hit as he threw and on the other he tried to sneak up the middle but ran right into the heart of Minnesota's defensive line. The last key situation he was involved with was on a third down pass play to Calvin Johnson. Johnson appeared to make a diving catch on a third and long pass, a reception that would've given the Lions a first down at the Minnesota eight yard line. Replays showed no conclusive angle of the ball being dropped, but after officials reviewed the play it was determined that the ball definitely hit the ground. Unless they had a different set of replays than the ones shown on television, there is no way anyone can say without question that the ball hit the ground. It was an unfortunate call in a season full of unfortunate events for Detroit. Culpepper had probably his best game in a Detroit uniform, coming very close to leading the Lions to their first win of the season. Had it not been for a misinterpretation of the replay challenge rule, he may have done just that. To make matters worse, the Lions got the ball back with one last shot at a desperation heave toward the end zone. Culpepper dropped back to pass, but was hit as he released the ball and appeared to injure his arm. He was replaced for the game's final play by Drew Henson.

2007 Week 3 vs CLE (8 / 14 / 118 / 0 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

Culpepper was shuffled in and out of the game in the first half before taking over for an injured Josh McCown for good in the second half of this game, but was never really asked to make too many plays, handing the ball off to his effective rushing attack most of the game. Daunte did not turn the ball over in this game, and helped put the Raiders in the win column for the first time this season.

2007 Week 4 vs MIA (5 / 12 / 75 / 2 / 0 pass, 7 / 28 / 3 rush)

Culpepper started this game for an injured Josh McCown and completed five of 12 attempts for 75 yards and two touchdowns, with no interceptions. While passing the ball clearly wasn't a big part of the Raider game plan, Culpepper was efficient throwing two of his five completions for touchdowns. He only looked downfield a few times, as the Raiders were content allowing the running game to eat up yardage. On his only deep attempt of the game, Culpepper found Jerry Porter streaking down the right sideline and zipped a ball in between two defenders for a 27 yard touchdown. He did not show it off, but Culpepper is obviously still able to make all of the throws. One somewhat ill advised attempt was when he targeted Ronald Curry down the right sideline but in tight coverage, as the defensive back seemed to have a much better play at the ball. The reception was a tie, but Curry was able to grab it away from the defender for a 16 yard gain and first down with the time running down in the second quarter. Early in the game he looked indecisive if his initial read was not there, but seemed to settle down as the game went on. Where Culpepper made more of a game impact was with running the ball. He had seven attempts for 28 yards, and three scores. Culpepper was also able to convert on two first downs. His past knee injury did not seem to be of any concern, and looked quick for a man his size while scrambling from the pocket. The Raiders also appear to be comfortable with Culpepper's restructured knee, as there were a couple of running plays called for him.

2007 Week 6 vs SD (24 / 37 / 230 / 1 / 2 pass, 2 / 5 / 0 rush)

Culpepper ran very hot and cold all game long. Curiously, the Raiders opted to throw a lot more screens than slants, despite the fact that the quick slant pattern has really been the only thing that has hurt the Chargers in recent weeks. Even so, when Culpepper was on, he looked very good. But when he was off, he was very off. Despite being sacked six times, pass protection really wasn't a major issue. More often than not, he actually had a good amount of time to throw. He was able to step into his throws and move up in the pocket, and even when he wasn't he showed a decent ability to move around and get outside. His passes on the run were good though not great, and he didn't make any boneheaded decisions downfield. That said, he threw a pass intended for Porter early in the first quarter that was picked off by Drayton Florence. Most defensive backs probably wouldn't have been able to hold on, but Florence made a great play on the ball. Aside from the quality of the catch, the important thing for Culpepper owners is that the ball was a good twelve feet away from Porter. On Culpepper's second interception, he again was looking for Porter, this time down the sideline. Instead, he overthrew his man so badly that it appeared that the aforementioned Cromartie was actually running the route. Besides those two costly turnovers, the biggest swing of events took place late in the first half. Culpepper found Ronald Curry for a 30 yard gain down to the one yard line. The reason Curry didn't score is because San Diego CB Quentin Jammer made a terrific touchdown-saving tackle right at the goal line. Two plays later, Culpepper was sacked by Shaun Phillips and fumbled the ball away. Rather than tying the score at 14, the Raiders came away with zero points and never got that close again. It wasn't an entirely lost day for Culpepper, however. Since the team was behind for the entire game, he got to throw the ball 37 times, which resulted in 230 yards. He also found TE Zach Miller on a play action pass late in the fourth quarter for the only offensive touchdown of the day for the Raiders.

2007 Week 7 vs KC (18 / 29 / 228 / 1 / 1 pass, 3 / 4 / 0 rush)

Culpepper had a slow start as he was harassed by an effective Chiefs' pass defense. His final statistics of 228 yards on 18 of 29 passing was buoyed by 80 yards and a touchdown on one two play series in the third quarter. That proved to be the only real letdown of the game by the Chiefs' defense. Culpepper still does not look like the Daunte Culpepper of old days when he was a Minnesota Viking, but he is showing progress toward regaining respectability as an NFL passer.

2007 Week 8 vs TEN (15 / 32 / 167 / 0 / 1 pass, 2 / 9 / 0 rush)

Culpepper struggled against the Titans physical defense, completing 15 of 32 passes for 167 yards, zero scores and one interception, and adding nine yards rushing on two attempts. His numbers reflected his play, as Culpepper struggled to get comfortable in the pocket, being pressured all game long by the Tennessee defense. As a result, he rushed throws, made poor decisions, and failed to come up with any big plays. For the game, Culpepper totaled four fumbles, losing just one.

2007 Week 11 vs MIN (23 / 39 / 344 / 1 / 1 pass, 3 / 0 / 0 rush)

Culpepper had big yardage numbers through the air, but it was his inability to lead the offense to more touchdowns that kept Oakland from winning this game. Three times, the Vikings offense had to settle for field goals after moving within the Minnesota 30 yard line, and it was a third quarter Culpepper fumble that was recovered at the Vikings' 26 that kept the Raiders from adding more points. On Oakland's lone touchdown of the game he did a good job of stepping up to avoid the rush, which allowed him time to find the wide open John Madsen. His only interception came in the fourth quarter when a pass to Justin Fargas deflected off the running back and was intercepted by LB Chad Greenway.

2007 Week 12 vs KC (15 / 22 / 170 / 0 / 0 pass, 3 / 0 / 0 rush)

Culpepper appears to be holding down the job until first round pick JaMarcus Russell is ready to attempt to take it over. Culpepper does not compare to the player he used to be as a Minnesota Viking. He completed 15 out of 22 passes for only 170 yards with no touchdowns. He did not ever seem a threat to escape the pocket or gain yardage on the ground.

2006 Week 1 vs PIT (18 / 37 / 262 / 0 / 2 pass, 3 / 8 / 0 rush)

Culpepper looked ok under center and in the pocket, and seemed just a little skittish facing the Steelers' pass rush. He started better than he finished. His statistics left a good bit to be desired. Culpepper completed less than half of his passes and often missed his receivers by a wide margin or threw at their feet. Forced to throw for much of the fourth quarter, Culpepper focused mostly on Chris Chambers (seven targets in the fourth) and Wes Welker (four in the fourth), but completed only five of 15 passes for 60 yards and two interceptions in the last 15 minutes. Culpepper looked healthy, however, and did not show any ill effects from his knee injury. On the Porter interception he threw, he attempted to tackle Porter at the end zone and went down fairly hard and popped right up. He did look like he was struggling with his footwork. He looked choppy and erratic with his feet and that seemed to cause some of his accuracy issues.

2006 Week 2 vs BUF (23 / 32 / 250 / 1 / 1 pass, 1 / 7 / 0 rush)

Culpepper showed very good accuracy on his short passes, but encountered great difficulty when attempting to throw long, in large part to the relentless pressure applied by Buffalo's defense. He was inconsistent, at times making difficult throws, but at times missing open receivers. His decision making was in question when he had an opportunity to get his team on the scoreboard for the first time at the end of the second half, but threw into double coverage and was intercepted. He did not scramble much, electing to stay in the pocket for the majority of the pass plays, but kept getting back up despite being hit repeatedly during the game.

2006 Week 3 vs TEN (17 / 26 / 168 / 0 / 0 pass, 6 / 5 / 1 rush)

Culpepper was on the hot seat going into this game after a poor performance last week against the Buffalo Bills in the home opener. He did not look sharp and the offense had trouble moving the ball the entire game. He finished the first half eight for 14 in the first half for 86 yards. Culpepper and the Dolphins came out firing on the first drive of the second half as they went to the no huddle on an 11 play, 80 yard drive that culminated in a Culpepper five yard run touchdown. But that would be as good as it got for Culpepper as he finished with 168 passing yards and no passing touchdowns. He didn't have any turnovers in the game. Pass protection was a problem again for the Dolphins as Culpepper was sacked five times in the game. He and the offensive line didn't seem to be on the same page at times with the pass protection packages. It's also evident that he has not fully recovered from the knee surgery from last year. The Titans blitzed often, especially on passing situations, and Culpepper was not able to elude the pass rush like he used too. When he did have a lot of time to pass he seemed to have trouble finding open receivers.

2006 Week 4 vs HOU (23 / 39 / 249 / 1 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

Culpepper had a solid, but unspectacular outing against a Texans' defense that had been awful to start the season. He finished 23 of 39 for 249 yards and a 16 yard touchdown pass to WR Chris Chambers. He targeted his starting receivers, Chambers and Marty Booker a combined 20 times for the game, but connected on only six passes combined between the two of them. Culpepper seemed to rush some of his decisions, and tended to lock into his first option and not go through his progressions. Some of that, undoubtedly, comes from a combination of his injury concerns and the struggles of his offensive line in the protection schemes. He just seems to lack the confidence he had in running an offense the way he did earlier in his career. Whether that's a result of his not being fully healed or adjusting to a new team, Miami better figure out how to open up offensively if they plan on making a run late in the year.

2005 Week 1 vs TB (22 / 33 / 233 / 0 / 3 pass, 3 / 19 / 0 rush)

Culpepper's first game without Randy Moss was a tough one. He didn't have a running game to help him, he threw three interceptions and lost two fumbles. He looked like he was having trouble with the new offense, and when he finally got on track, big plays were brought back because of penalties. He threw two touchdown passes to Jermaine Wiggins but both were brought back because of a questionable offensive pass interference call and a block in the back. He was able to move the ball on the Buccaneers' defense and still passed for 233 yards, but nothing went his way. The Vikings still had a chance to win the game, but Culpepper threw an interception that bounced off the hands of Moe Williams on a catchable pass. His third interception was at the end of the game when the Vikings were down by two scores, and he was taking chances down the field.

2005 Week 2 vs CIN (21 / 37 / 236 / 0 / 5 pass, 2 / 10 / 1 rush)

Culpepper followed up last week's miserable performance with another stinker. His first half stat line, six of 11 for 52 yards, no touchdowns and an interception pretty much summarizes the game. Playing from behind for the entire game, he had many opportunities to make plays, but struggled. On multiple occasions, game commentators pointed out replays where Culpepper had open receivers and couldn't find them. Twice in this game Culpepper was sacked, fumbled away the ball, and was bailed out by offsides penalties. His rushing touchdown came on the Vikings' final possession.

2005 Week 3 vs NO (21 / 29 / 300 / 3 / 0 pass, 9 / 35 / 0 rush)

Culpepper had his best game of the season so far, torching New Orleans for 300 yards and three TDs and throwing only eight incompletions. He looked comfortable in the pocket and made the Saints pay. Culpepper threw two TDs to Travis Taylor, and one to rookie WR Troy Williamson and got his roll on early and often. Culpepper's only mistake came on a free play, where he was intercepted by Dwight Smith, but the play was called back for an offsides penalty. He had no turnovers for the first time this season.

2005 Week 4 vs ATL (23 / 34 / 250 / 1 / 2 pass, 1 / 10 / 0 rush)

Culpepper continued to take a beating as he completed 23 of 33 passes for 250 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions. After showing signs of 2004 last week against the Saints, Culpepper reverted back to the first two games of the season and sometimes looked lost in the pocket against Atlanta. His lone touchdown came with just over two minutes in the game to avoid complete embarrassment for the offense. Culpepper was also sacked nine times in the game and had a lost fumble. With the addition of two interceptions in this game, he increased his league leading total to ten on the season.

2005 Week 6 vs CHI (26 / 48 / 237 / 0 / 2 pass, 1 / 14 / 0 rush)

In the early part of the game, Culpepper completed seven of his first eight passes and moved the ball effectively with quick timing passes. He showed no ill effects from his knee injury, stood in the pocket, and made crisp passes in the face of Chicago blitzers. However, things fell apart quickly and completely for Culpepper in the second half. In the face of an unrelenting Bears' pass defense, Culpepper missed open receivers, had passes blocked at the line, and added two picks to his league high 12 total interceptions. Culpepper threw for 237 total yards and was sacked four times.

2005 Week 7 vs GB (23 / 31 / 280 / 2 / 0 pass, 7 / 41 / 0 rush)

Culpepper struggled in the first half and found his team trailing by 17 as the teams went to the locker room. In the first half, he was under pressure from a blitzing Packers' defense and had difficulty finding an open receiver. Culpepper was six of eight passing for just 52 yards at halftime and a fumble to his credit that was recovered by Minnesota. The second half was a different story for Culpepper and the Vikings as his offense line gave him time to pass the ball. Culpepper led the Vikings to three scores on the first three possession of the second half to pull Minnesota to within four points. He finished the game completing 23 of 31 passes for 280 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions. Culpepper also ran for 41 yards on seven carries, looking like the Culpepper from the last few seasons. Perhaps this is the game that gets Culpepper's season turned around for fantasy owners.

2005 Week 8 vs CAR (3 / 4 / 28 / 0 / 0 pass, 1 / 18 / 0 rush)

After a remarkable turnaround last week in the second half for Culpepper and a come from behind win, it seemed he may have turned the corner on a disappointing season. Culpepper started the first series under pressure as Carolina blitzed on three straight plays and forced a punt. He got things going in the second possession completing three of four passes for 28 yards and into Panthers' territory with the offense show signs of last week. Unfortunately, on his only rushing attempt of the game, Culpepper ran for 18 yards into the red zone and was hit by two Carolina defenders from opposite sides. Carolina cornerback Chris Gamble hit Culpepper on the right knee as safety Mike Minter up high coming from the left side awkwardly bending the right knee. Culpepper was helped off the field to the sidelines before being taken to the locker room to be examined. Fox Sports is reporting he suffered damage to his ACL, PCL and MCL ligaments and will have season ending surgery.