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."
"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."
The Lions' new guys received a lot of praise from their former coaches at the owners meetings.
"Marvin Jones is a tremendous football player," Jackson said. "He'll do great in Detroit."
"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."
"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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- Read the list of rule changes that will take effect for the 2016 season.
- In honor of Twitter's 10th birthday, view Lions players' first tweets.
- See what running back
Ameer Abdullahhad to say about learning from his rookie mistakes.
- Lions president Rod Wood has seen the new jerseys, but he's not ready to share any details just yet.
- Tim Wright has been a man on the move in his first three NFL seasons, but he's hoping that a return to the Lions will be a step toward adding some consistency to his career.