Detroit Lions: How Bob Quinn’s free agency splash changes the draft
Lions get secondary help at CB
Justin Coleman lived in the town of Brunswick, Georgia growing up. The interesting thing about that is that two other guys you may have heard of did too, Tracey Walker and Darius Slay. Slay and Coleman were teammates at Brunswick High School, while Walker, Slay’s cousin, was there several years after them.
Coleman was undrafted out of Tennessee in 2015 but caught on with an NFL team that gives him another major connection with the Detroit Lions. He caught on with the New England Patriots and played for two years under Matt Patricia. So, another player that has gone from Foxborough to Detroit, although he did make a stop in Seattle in between.
What you do want to know is that Coleman is viewed as a tough man-cover player and because he has experience in Patricia’s defense, he should be an immediate upgrade. The soon-to-be 26-year-old is going into his fifth year and has experience in the slot but also played extensively outside under Patricia, according to 24/7 Sports.
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Lions find a familiar face at slot WR
Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: Bob Quinn signed a former Patriots player. Danny Amendola has done stints in St. Louis, New England, and Miami after the Rams signed him as an undrafted wideout going into the 2009 season. After four years he left St. Louis, he spent five years with Bill Belichick, winning two rings between 2013 to 2017.
Amendola has reached the dreaded 33-years old mark for receivers but Amendola says that he is as fast as he has ever been right now. The Lions will be happy with paying the $4.5 million dollars if he can be a safety valve, slot receiver for quarterback Matthew Stafford. That role was previously held by Golden Tate, while it is unrealistic to expect production like what Tate had, the Lions just need him to be a serviceable option.
The Lions receiver corps had some significant injuries and lost Tate to a trade that sent him to the Philadelphia Eagles at midseason. Marvin Jones, Jr. was hurt and missed a large portion of the year, too. Only Kenny Golladay lasted the year. Amendola hauled in 59 passes for 575 yards and one score last year for the Miami Dolphins.