Detroit Lions News: Bob Quinn Speaks at NFL Combine

Feb 29, 2016; Indianapolis, IN, USA; A general view of Lucas Oil Stadium during the 2016 NFL Scouting Combine. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 29, 2016; Indianapolis, IN, USA; A general view of Lucas Oil Stadium during the 2016 NFL Scouting Combine. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports /

Detroit Lions news takes a look at what Bob Quinn had to say as he met with the media at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis this afternoon.

Bob Quinn hasn’t made a frequent habit of speaking publicly since taking the Detroit Lions general manager a year ago but the NFL Combine is one place where he has done so.

Here is a look at what he discussed:

  • Quinn didn’t use words that indicated Jake Rudock would be given the number two quarterback job but he did say that Rudock will every opportunity to do so.
    The Lions have had discussion with both Riley Reiff and Larry Warford but don’t have anything to announce.
  • Quinn is excited about the young offensive linemen they brought in last year. Joe Dahl was specifically mentioned as a guy they are excited to see more.
  • There have not yet been talks with Matthew Stafford but it is something they have on the agenda for the offseason. Later in the offseason is a more typical time for those talks to take place.
  • The need for more playmakers on both sides of the ball was acknowledged.
  • Lions are well-prepared for free agency and would like to take a shot at some of the top guys. Quinn also said that just because they had a couple signings last year doesn’t mean they will do the same thing this year.
  • It was a challenging year for DeAndre Levy with injuries but he worked extremely hard behind the scenes. There may be discussions about his contract.
  • George Godsey is not filling the exact role Randy Edsasl had last year but similar. He’ll help the defensive coaching staff understand how offenses will attack them.
  • Travis Swanson (concussion) has been cleared medically and will be a full participant in the offseason program.
  • Quinn likes the group of running backs they have but they need to improve the running game as a whole.
  • The door will be left open in terms of considering drafting Joe Mixon. Quinn expressed disappointment that Mixon and some other players with character concerns were not invited to the combine.

You can watch the full video below.

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