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Glover Quin looking forward to working with Louis Delmas

Posted May 23, 2013

Both Quin and Delmas are veteran players who should gel quickly once they do get on the field together

Louis Delmas has yet to participate in organized team activities (OTAs) as he continues to rest and rehab a knee injury that kept him out of eight games last season.

Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz said Wednesday that Delmas missing time wasn't too big of an issue because of his veteran status and the fact that he knows the defense.

"He's not here right now going through this stuff, but there's nothing that he could get out of this because he can't physically do the stuff that we're doing right now," Schwartz said.

"But, Lou's in a little bit different position than a guy like Reggie Bush ... because Reggie's in a position where he's learning everything for the first time even though he's done it all. We're using the same terminology on defense, running the same defensive system. The biggest thing with Lou is going to be his health. That's what he's working on right now."

New safety Glover Quin is trying to learn a new system, new terminology and new responsibilities after playing the last couple years in a 3-4 defense in Houston.

Glover QuinS Glover Quin (Photo: C. Wywrot/Detroitlions.com)

The Lions targeted the talented safety in the first hours of free agency with the idea that he and Delmas would make a terrific back-end tandem to their defense.

"You always want to have that chemistry and relationship with the guy you're playing with," Quin said of not being able to learn alongside Delmas. "You want to know what he likes to do and for him to know what I like to do so we can play off each other. There are going to be times when you get caught in a bad situation and you're going to have to cover each other up or help each other out.

"Obviously, when you're working with each other every day, you can learn the things they like to do and learn what they know and don't know."

Quin and Delmas were members of the same draft class in 2009. Delmas went to the Lions No. 33 overall and Quin to the Texans at No. 112. Both are veteran players and it shouldn't take long to gel when they do eventually get on the field together, but Quin is hoping that's sooner rather than later.

"When you're in the secondary, the thing you have to do is you have to play together," Quin said. "Whether you have veterans or not, if veterans are out there doing individual things and not playing together, it's going to be a bunch of guys who are doing individual things.

"When you have a group that everyone knows each other and everyone plays with each other, whether you're veterans or not, you can make it happen because you have unity. Rookie, veteran or 15-year guy, you want to have that relationship with your guys."