WEEK IN REVIEW: Quinn, Caldwell speak at NFL owners meetings

Posted Mar 26, 2016

Catch up on all the Lions news from the past seven days with the Week in Review.

Lions general manager Bob Quinn and head coach Jim Caldwell covered numerous topics at the annual NFL owners meetings in Florida.

Here's a recap:

On the overall state of the roster: "I think (the roster) is better all the way around," Quinn said. "I really do. There's certain positions that we need to do more work, and we're working toward those, but I think the overall depth of the team is better."

On defensive end Ziggy Ansah's fifth-year option: "Yeah, we've talked about that briefly," Quinn said. "I think we looked into it a couple days ago and no team has picked up the option on any fifth-year option for that draft class yet.

"So, we still have until May 2 to do that. Still in some conversations with the people back in Detroit and his representative, but we're working toward that."

On linebacker DeAndre Levy's return: "I'm fully expecting him to be able to do the things he's always done for us," Caldwell said. "Make plenty of tackles. Be able to cover guys in terms of pass routes out of the backfield and detached.

"And certainly give us some help in terms of rushing the passer and blitzing once and a while. I expect him to be the same active guy he's always been."

On tackle Riley Reiff's future: "As of right now, he's going to be our left tackle," Quinn said. "You know, free agency isn't over, the draft hasn't even started. There are multiple avenues to add players at not just the offensive line position, but all the other positions."

HIGH PRAISE FOR LIONS
The Lions' new guys received a lot of praise from their former coaches at the owners meetings.

Both Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis and Browns head coach Hue Jackson (former Bengals offensive coordinator) spoke highly of wide receiver Marvin Jones.

"Marvin Jones is a tremendous football player," Jackson said. "He'll do great in Detroit."

Bills head coach Rex Ryan had similar sentiments for his former player, defensive tackle Stefan Charles, going as far to say he never wanted to lose him.

"I never wanted to lose him," Ryan said. "I wish he would have stayed.

"He certainly wasn't Marcell Dareus and Kyle Williams ... but he's a good young player and we'll see how (he) develops."

Lions players weren't the only ones talked about this week. Offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter drew plenty of attention too.

"He does a really good job as far as quickly figuring out what guys do well and implementing a plan around that," Dolphins head coach Adam Gase said of Cooter Tuesday morning at the AFC coaches breakfast.

"I think you saw last year when he took over play calling things changed for them. He figured out a way to get Matt's (Stafford) turnovers down. He got the ball to CJ (Calvin Johnson). I mean, he did a really good job as far as using the talent pool he had."

With a full offseason to implement his scheme, even Caldwell is excited to see what's next for Cooter's offense.

"He's made some significant strides, I think," Caldwell said. "We were performing better and I can't wait to see what he does when he has an offseason under his belt."

LIONS SIGN JEREMY KERLEY
The Lions signed free agent wide receiver Jeremy Kerley Monday. Kerley, who spent he previous five seasons with the New York Jets brings versatility to Detroit.

"Very smart, very good hands," Jets head coach Todd Bowles said about Kerley at the NFL League Meetings. "Obviously, he's a punt returner, too. He's a slot receiver and it should work out well for him. He can play outside, too."

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