WHAT THEY'RE SAYING

Notes, Quotes

The Sports Xchange

April 29, 2018 at 10:44 pm.

–As busy as general manager Bob Quinn was during the draft, making two trades and engaging in talks on countless other deals, he said no teams showed any interest in players currently on the roster. That means running Ameer Abdullah, whose role is uncertain after the additions of Kerryon Johnson and LeGarrette Blount, appears ticketed for a training camp battle for his job.

“Ameer’s here,” Quinn said. “He was here this week. Had a really good voluntary minicamp, so we’re going to let all these guys compete. This isn’t a one-back league. We carry four to five. Last year we carried five running backs on our roster. That’s one position where we have great depth so that’s great for us. Injuries do happen at the running back position every year, so we have five, six, we have seven right now on the roster so we feel good about each and every one of them.”

–The Lions feel they got a steal in the fifth round when they landed backup tackle Tyrell Crosby, a player Quinn said ranked “well ahead of everybody else on the board” at the time the Lions were picking.

“The Crosby pick was just the value,” Quinn said. “Honestly, if you asked me (Friday) night if I thought he was going to be there in the fifth round I probably would have said no chance. We talked about it (Saturday) morning, I thought he was going to be probably one of the first five or 10 guys off the board in Round 4, so it was a long wait.”

Crosby said fears about his concussion history are unfounded, and that he was surprised he didn’t go much earlier in the draft, too.

“It’s frustrating just cause my personal opinion, I think I’m the best – well, one of the best offensive tackles from the 2018 draft,” he said. “But though it kind of sucked, at the same time it’s just an awesome feeling to know that I’m a part of such a great organization with great history and wherever I went I ended up in Detroit and I’m so thankful for it.”

–Third-round pick Tracy Walker will play this fall with his second cousin, Lions cornerback Darius Slay. The two grew up in the same town in Georgia, and Walker said he leaned on Slay for advice during the draft process.

“We never played together, but I feel like it’s definitely going to be a great opportunity for us,” Walker said. “We’re going to definitely have great teammate chemistry because of the bond we have. Like I said, it’s a blessing. I can’t wait to get out there and make things happen and showcase my talent.”

Walker, the 82nd pick of the draft, said he expected to be drafted in the fifth round.

 

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