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WEEK IN REVIEW: Lions news out of Indianapolis

The Detroit Lions, along with the NFL's other 31 teams, were down in Indianapolis this week for the 2020 NFL Scouting Combine.

Head coach Matt Patricia and general manager Bob Quinn held media sessions Tuesday afternoon.

Quinn was quick to shut down any remaining rumors of a Matthew Stafford trade.

"That's 100 percent false," Quinn said. "If I need to add a third exclamation point, I will.

"When the story came out, I called Matthew and said, 'Listen, I haven't had one conversation and I'm not trading you,' and he was great, he was like, "Yeah, I don't want to go anywhere.'"

Quinn did say there was a little more to the trade speculation surrounding cornerback Darius Slay.

"I think what we're trying to do is explore a trade," Quinn said of Slay. "That's not saying we are definitely trading him. We've had some conversations with other teams. Nothing to report right now. We're very much in the information gather phase of this."

Regardless of what happens with Slay, the Lions are in need of cornerback help, and could look to address that in this year's draft. Ohio State cornerback Jeff Okudah could be a great fit for the Lions if they stay put with the third overall pick.

"Patricia, I know he's a heavy man-to-man guy," Okudah said Friday at the Combine. "Comes from the Patriots, they run a lot of man-to-man. They rely a lot on those man-to-man matchups, let the defensive line get home. So, I've been studying a lot of those top groups, trying to figure out -- I mean, I think I'm really cover-versatile, so I'm trying to figure out where the best fit would be."

In addition to Okudah, several other draft prospects that have been mocked to the Lions spoke at the Combine this week, including defensive end Chase Young, quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, defensive tackle Derrick Brown and linebacker Isaiah Simmons.

"I definitely think I'm the best player in the draft," Young said, when asked. "I showed it on my tape. You can go to every game, I think I showed it. I put my best foot forward this year. I grinded hard. I do things through hard work and dedication.

"I'm going to bring those things to the NFL with me."

Catch up on all the action from the first four days of the Combine:


The Lions announced a couple roster moves this week, re-signing wide receiver Danny Amendola on Monday and releasing defensive tackle Damon Harrison Sr. on Tuesday.

"Certainly it's something that in conversation between both parties, thought it would be just that time for that kind of departure," Patricia said of Harrison. "I have the utmost respect for him and his ability to play the game, play it at a high level, but for where we're at right now, we're just kind of going ahead with a different look."


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