NFC North Notes: Lions, Stafford, Packers

Will the Lions select a quarterback with the No. 3 overall pick? Many have pondered the possibility, but GM Bob Quinn says he’s “totally comfortable and happy Matthew Stafford‘s our quarterback,” (Twitter link via SiriusXM).

He’s going to be in full health once the offseason program starts its course, he’s pretty much in full health right now,” Quinn said. “To see him in coach mode has been pretty cool because he really cares about, not only our team, but his teammates and helping those other young quarterbacks. I feel great about Matthew he’s going to come back strong and we’re ready to go for next year.”

The Lions, at least publicly, are committed to Stafford as their Week 1 starter. That won’t stop speculation about an early QB selection, however. Stafford, in theory, could be tasked with going into “coach mode” for one of this year’s top signal callers – every QB not named Joe Burrow should be there for Detroit to consider.

Here’s more from the NFC North:

  • Packers tight end Marcedes Lewis says he wants to continue playing next year. “I felt like I got into a groove with my role in this offense,” said the 35-year-old (via Tom Silverstein of the Journal Sentinel). “It was really fun. I love the game. I knew I still had more football to give. Being in this offense and having [Matt] LaFleur and conceptually what he wanted and then having (former Jaguars offensive coordinator) [Nathaniel] Hackett here, it all went hand in hand. I just think it was a good situation. Mentally, you were coming to a place where guys cared about you, you know?” Lewis, who played in every regular season game, is ticketed for unrestricted free agency in March.
  • Ditto for Packes tackle Bryan Bulaga, who is ticketed to reach free agency just before his 31st birthday in March. The 6’5″ bulldozer says he plans to continue playing in 2020, regardless of how the offseason shakes out.
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  1. Vin Scully

    The Lions have many positions of need. QB is not one of them. Sign a credible #2 QB and use a later round pick on a QB for development. However blowing their 1st round pick on a QB to hold a clipboard for the next few years is a move the dumb Lions would do.

    • Matthew Heywood

      It depends if that Qb is any good . The packers did that with Aaron Rodgers I would say that worked out . Now if no QB is thought of being a franchise type player than I agree don’t do it

  2. Tazza

    Lions should trade down with the Dolphins and swap their 3rd pick with the Dolphins 18th, 26th and throw in a 6th round pick too.

    Dolphins can select Tua as its QB for the future and pick Derrick Brown to build that defence with. While the Lions can upgrade all over at defence early.
    CJ Henderson and A.J. Epenesa would be my targets.

    • TheBlueMeanie

      So the Dolphins get the 3rd and 6th pick for their 18th, 26th and a worthless 6th rounder? Gee, what a deal for Detroit. :| You must be a Miami fan.

      The Lions should take Okudah at #3 to put opposite Darius Slay. Period.

  3. crosseyedlemon

    The Lions have the potential to be near the top of the draft board for a few years yet so I understand why Quinn is in no rush to pull the trigger on a QB. Hoping Matt makes a full recovery…he’s the kind of warrior the Bears could use.

  4. Tazza

    Detroit trades down to get 2 first instead of 1 because they need a lot of players to fix that defence. Getting two first means you take a slight drop in talent but you get twice as much quantity.

    Miami owns 3 first and yes they also need a lot of talent but by taking Tua at 6th it shows we have taken our future QB. But we all know he won’t be fit enough to play most of next season so obviously they won’t be in a position to contend so they may aswell trade up with the other 2 first to get a future star to build a round for now. Derrick Brown on defence is who they should build around and lead them.

    • Dorothy_Mantooth

      Sorry Tazza, Detroit would not do that deal. A top 5 pick is worth much more than two mid to late first rounders.

      If Detroit were to do a deal with Miami, they’d require the 6th?overall pick (I thought Miami had #5), plus either their last first round pick or their high second round pick.

      • TheBlueMeanie

        THANK YOU! He’s clearly a Dolphins fan. That’s why he thinks Miami can get the 3rd overall pick for essentially nothing.

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