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Detroit running back Kerryon
Bob Quinn has spent two years reshaping the Detroit Lions' roster and staff Patrick Onwuasor Jersey , bringing in players and coaches he knew from their years together with the New England Patriots.

The Lions have won nine games in each of the past two seasons, which wasn't enough for Jim Caldwell to keep his job. Quinn believes they will be drafting from a position of strength.

"With the way the roster is today, I don't think I'm in a position to reach for any position of so-called need," Quinn insisted. "I'm not eliminating any position."

The Lions would stun everyone if they took a quarterback No. 20 overall Thursday night with many millions invested in Matthew Stafford, or a wide receiver with more than a few options on the team. They could justify bolstering coach Matt Patricia's first team at any other position, especially defensive end and offensive guard.

UP FRONT

The Lions were last in the league in rushing and have been among the NFL's worst offensively on the ground in recent years. Even if they made a bold move to trade up and select Penn State running back Saquon Barkley, it may not matter if the offensive line doesn't improve. There seem to be four solid blockers: tackles Taylor Decker and Ricky Wagner, guard T.J. Lang and center Graham Glasgow. The team's fifth option, Wesley Johnson, isn't likely an attractive option; the New York Jets didn't want to re-sign him.

That may all add up to Detroit drafting a guard or center in the first round.

"I have no problem taking an interior offensive lineman," Quinn said.

ON THE EDGE

Detroit desperately needs help at defensive end because Ezekiel Ansah is playing on a franchise tag, possibly in his last year with the team. Quinn plans to make picks based on what the team will need up to 18 months away.

"We kind of look that far, knowing that guys are going to be unrestricted free agents after this year, but also the following year," Quinn said. "There's a really good balance there that we have to talk about and kind of envision our needs not just for today, but in the years ahead."

The other options at defensive end such as Anthony Zettel and Kerry Hyder, who missed all of last season with an Achilles tendon injury, don't generate much excitement.

MAYBE LATER

Quinn may choose a running back in a later round, hoping to find a flyer. He did add another former Patriot, LeGarrette Blount Cam Newton Jersey , to the position to compete with Ameer Abdullah and Theo Riddick.

"If we had to go play a football game today, I think we have enough running backs to be competitive," Quinn said.

SAME PAGE

Patricia is an NFL head coach for the first time entering the draft, but he has a lot of experience with Quinn because they worked together with the Patriots for a dozen years.

"I had heard about Matt from Bob for two years before we had the chance to meet," Lions president Rod Wood said, sitting between Quinn and Patricia at a season ticket holders gathering. "I told him recently, 'I think he undersold him, and he was selling him.' The relationship is strong, the language they speak, the trust. The ability I think to build the team through kind of one long-term vision of what we're going to be about.

"This is probably the first time I've sat between them since they've been in town. They're together all the time."

HITS, MISSES AND BARGAINS

Detroit appeared to reach for tight end Eric Ebron at No. 10 overall in 2014. This offseason, the team acknowledged the mistake when it cut him. The Lions would have been better off with any of the players taking immediately after Ebron: offensive tackle Taylor Lewan, receiver Odell Beckham Jr., and defensive tackle Aaron Donald. Quinn landed a late-round gem last season, selecting All-Pro punt returner Jamal Agnew in the fifth round.

The Rams‘ high-powered offense took a couple of big hits.

Los Angeles‘ leading receivers, Brandin Cooks and Cooper Kupp, were both lost to concussions late in the first half as the Rams turned to Robert Woods and a cast of lesser-known characters to beat the Seattle Seahawks 33-31 on Sunday.

Cooks was hit hard by Tedric Thompson as he came across the field. Most of the hit was with Thompson’s shoulder, but there was some helmet-to-helmet impact and Cooks appeared to be immediately knocked out. He eventually jogged off the field on his own but was ruled out early in the second half.

Kupp was also lost with a concussion, although it wasn’t immediately clear when he got hurt. Kupp was in on a desperation throw into the end zone on the final play of the first half, but didn’t rejoin his teammates to start the third quarter.

The Jacksonville Jaguars Marcus Foligno Jersey , meanwhile, suffered injuries that will test their depth on the offensive line and at running back.

The Jaguars lost left tackle Cam Robinson for the season last month with a knee injury , and left tackle Josh Wells left Sunday’s loss in Kansas City with an injured groin in the first half. Running back Leonard Fournette missed the game with a hamstring injury that has limited him this season, and Corey Grant hurt a foot and also left in the first half.

Luckily, cornerback Jalen Ramsey returned after taking a knee to the helmet on the opening series.

Kansas City lost four defensive players to injuries in the first half against Jacksonville with linebackers Justin Houston (hamstring) and Tanoh Kpassagnon (ankle) and free safeties Armani Watts (groin) and Eric Murray (lower leg) not returning.

The Chiefs‘ most significant injury might have come in the final minutes, when right guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif left with a broken left leg.

Tennessee left tackle Taylor Lewan left his second game this season with an injury in the Titans’ 13-12 loss in Buffalo. Lewan hurt a foot in the second quarter and was replaced by Tyler Marz. In Cincinnati, Miami left tackle Laremy Tunsil left with a concussion during the Bengals‘ fourth-quarter comeback.

Jets cornerback Buster Skrine started for Trumaine Johnson, sidelined with a strained quadriceps. But Skrine left in the first quarter with a head injury and did not return. Denver finished the 34-16 loss to the Jets without cornerback Adam Jones, who was ruled out in the second half after hurting a leg.

Cleveland wide receiver Rashard Higgins will have an MRI on Monday for a knee injury in the Browns’ overtime victory over Baltimore. Higgins had three catches for 66 yards and a touchdown before getting hurt.

Detroit running back Kerryon Johnson ran for 70 yards on 12 carries before appearing to hurt his right ankle, and he left in the fourth quarter. Lions cornerback Teez Tabor (groin) and cornerback Jamal Agnew (knee) also left their 31-23 over Green Bay. Packers linebacker Nick Perry hurt an ankle, and cornerback Kevin King hurt his chin.

Giants right tackle Chad Wheeler did not return after hurting his hand in the fourth quarter of New York’s 33-31 loss to Carolina. Panthers wide receiver Devin Funchess returned to the game after being evaluated for a concussion in the fourth quarter after a helmet-to-helmet hit by Giants defensive back Michael Thomas. Panthers center Ryan Kalil did not return after being shaken up late in the fourth quarter, with Tyler Larsen finishing the game.

The San Francisco 49ers, already reeling from quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo’s season-ending knee injury, lost running back Matt Breida to an injured ankle in their 28-16 loss to Arizona. Breida entered fourth in the league in rushing with 313 yards and had eight carries for 56 yards, along with a TD catch, before he was hurt. Center Weston Richburg injured a knee and left in the second half.

The Cardinals‘ first victory of the season came with a price as two offensive linemen were hurt. Mike Iupati left with a shoulder injury and Andre Smith injured a hamstring.

In the Vikings‘ 23-21 road victory over the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles, left tackle Riley Reiff exited with a foot injury for Minnesota. Eagles safety Corey Graham left with a hamstring injury.

In the Texans‘ 19-16 overtime victory over the Cowboys, Houston cornerback Kayvon Webster left the game in the first quarter with a quadriceps injury and didn’t return.