Player News - Lions

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Lions signed GM Bob Quinn to an extension through 2022.

The team gave new coach Matt Patricia a five-year deal, and this extension links both the coach and GM for the next five seasons. It was Quinn who handpicked Patricia after the two worked together in New England. Quinn has hit on 2016 draft picks LT Taylor Decker, C Graham Glasgow, and DE Anthony Zettel, while also nabbing All-Pro returner Jamal Agnew in the fifth round last year.
Feb 9 - 12:57 PM

Lions GM Bob Quinn thinks DB Quandre Diggs looked like a natural at safety the final month-plus of last season.

Quinn and new coach Matt Patricia are going to sit down and decide where Diggs fits best, but Quinn seems to be on board with Diggs staying at safety. Maybe he'll be Patricia's new Patrick Chung as a safety/nickel combo who covers slot receivers and tight ends. Diggs is a bit small at 5'9/200, but he had three interceptions in four games at safety last season and also forced one fumble.
Feb 9 - 10:15 AM

The Lions are not expected to re-sign impending free agent C Travis Swanson.

Swanson has missed 11 games over the last three seasons and has a troubling concussion history that has ended each of his past two seasons. When on the field last year, Swanson was one of Pro Football Focus' worst centers. The Lions are expected to move forward with Graham Glasgow at the pivot.
Feb 9 - 10:11 AM

New coach Matt Patricia said OC Jim Bob Cooter will remain with the Lions.

This has been the expectation all along, though Patricia did seem to leave the door open a bit for Cooter to be reassigned, simply saying Cooter will be on the staff, not necessarily as OC. But for now, the assumption is Cooter will continue to run the offense. It's a smart move after all his work with Matthew Stafford. Cooter now needs to work on finding some semblance of a run game.
Feb 7 - 3:41 PM

Lions hired ex-Boston College DL coach Paul Pasqualoni as defensive coordinator.

Pasqualoni, 68, hired new Lions coach Matt Patricia as a graduate assistant back at Syracuse in 2001. Pasqualoni was the head coach there for 15 seasons. He last coached in the NFL as the Texans' DL coach in 2015 and was at BC the past two years. Patricia will almost certainly run the defense.
Feb 7 - 11:42 AM

Lions hired Patriots DC Matt Patricia as head coach.

A Patriots assistant since 2004, Patricia had coordinated the defense since 2012. He's being hired by GM Bob Quinn, who overlapped with Patricia for 11 years in New England. Thanks in part to his aeronautical engineering degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Patricia arrives with a reputation for being cerebral. Part of that is just the afterglow of coaching under Bill Belichick, who is famously adaptable/multiple on defense. Only 43 years old, Patricia is the latest in a long line of ex-Pats tasked with building a Belichick clone. The Lions haven't won a playoff game since the 1991 season.
Feb 5 - 3:02 PM

The Lions are expected to keep OC Jim Bob Cooter in 2018.

Cooter will be a carryover from Jim Caldwell's staff. The Lions took a step back last year and had the worst rushing offense in the league, but Cooter has a strong relationship with Matthew Stafford. Cooter will be on the spot in 2018.
Jan 24 - 6:34 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Lions are expected to hire Patriots DC Matt Patricia as their next head coach.

Patrica had been considered the front-runner to replace Ben McAdoo in East Rutherford, but now it looks like he'll end up in the Motor City, where he'll be reunited with former Patriots scout and current Lions GM Bob Quinn. The 43-year-old has served on Bill Belichick's staff since 2004 including the last six years as New England's defensive coordinator. The Lions won't be able to officially introduce Patricia until the Patriots conclude their postseason run. With the Colts and Giants pursuing OC Josh McDaniels and LBs coach Brian Flores a finalist for the head job in Arizona, New England's coaching staff could look vastly different in 2018.
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 14 - 9:16 AM

ESPN Giants reporter Jordan Raanan reports Patriots DC Matt Patricia is the "favorite" for the Giants' head-coaching job.

Less than a week ago, PFT reported the Patriots expected Patricia to take the Lions' job, reuniting with GM Bob Quinn. Things have appeared to change course over the last 48 hours, with Patricia now the clear favorite in New York. Per Raanan, the Giants are down to Patricia, Patriots OC Josh McDaniels, and Vikings OC Pat Shurmur. Patricia is 43 and has never been a head coach.
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 12 - 9:39 AM

Lions WR T.J. Jones underwent shoulder surgery.

Jones was placed on injured reserve with a shoulder injury in December, and he recently underwent surgery to deal with the issue. It is a concern considering Jones missed all of his rookie season with a shoulder injury, especially since he is scheduled to be a restricted free agent. Jones caught 30 passes for 399 yards and a touchdown in 2017.
Source: ESPN
Jan 11 - 10:06 AM

Lions S Don Carey (knee) could need offseason surgery.

It's bad timing with Carey set for free agency. A special teamer, Carey isn't a lock to be back with Detroit bringing in a new coaching staff.
Jan 7 - 9:45 AM

ProFootballTalk reports the Patriots expect DC Matt Patricia to become the next coach of the Lions.

Patricia is ready to make the head-coaching leap after serving as the defensive coordinator the last six seasons under Bill Belichick. The Lions were always a strong favorite to land Patricia, but he had interest from every team. Patricia has ties to GM Bob Quinn from their time in New England and will be Quinn's first hire after carrying over Jim Caldwell from the Martin Mayhew regime. The Lions will have to wait until the Patriots are eliminated from the playoffs to sign Patricia.
Jan 7 - 8:40 AM

The Cardinals interviewed Patriots DC Matt Patricia for their head-coaching job.

The Cardinals interviewed both Patricia and Patriots LBs coach Brian Flores. It's the second known meeting for Patricia, who visited with the Giants and has interest from Detroit. Steelers OL coach Mike Munchak, Vikings OC Pat Shurmur, Panthers DC Steve Wilks and Eagles DC Jim Schwartz have all been linked to Arizona.
Jan 6 - 3:35 PM

Impending free agent DT Haloti Ngata wants to keep playing in 2018.

Ngata turns 34 later this month and gave retirement serious consideration last offseason. He ended up tearing his biceps in Week 5 and missed the remainder of the season. "I think if I finished the year healthy I would have been a little closer to probably retiring, but I want to finish the season so I think I want to keep on playing," Ngata said. He said he "definitely" wants to stay in Detroit.
Jan 6 - 12:50 PM

Patriots DC Matt Patricia interviewed for the Giants' head-coaching vacancy on Friday.

Owner John Mara, new GM Dave Gettleman and assistant GM Kevin Abrams all made the trip to Foxboro. The Giants will interview Patriots OC Josh McDaniels before leaving town this afternoon. Patricia has also drawn interest from the Cardinals and Lions. Amid reports of a tense power struggle between Bill Belichick and star quarterback Tom Brady, this could be the year we finally see McDaniels and Patricia leave the nest.
Jan 5 - 1:52 PM


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