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Pats Pulpit gives us the rundown on the Lions’ crown jewel of free agency."The Lions had a big week last week. They filled some big needs and actually wound up having a lot of money left to spend somehow. Without question White Isaac Nauta Jersey , the biggest signing the Lions have made so far was Trey Flowers. Trey signed a big-time deal that will see him be the Lions starting defensive end for the next five years. The Lions really scored big here. Not only did the Lions get themselves the best defensive end available in free agency, they also got Pro Football Focus’ highest-rated edge defender of 2018. This is truly a big-time signing that should pay off immediately for the Lions. But don’t just take it from me. Take it from our friend Brian Phillips of Pats Pulpit, a guy that we seem to talk to about newly-signed Lions every single year due to the Lions’ connection to the Patriots through Bob Quinn, Matt Patricia and 48 other people. Here’s what Brian had to say:POD: What are your thoughts on Trey’s time in New England? PP: “His impact on the Patriots’ defense and locker room cannot be understated. After flashing signs of dominance in his rookie training camp only to miss the entire season with an injury, Flowers returned in 2016 to immediately become an integral part of a Super Bowl-winning roster. Fast forward two seasons later and he had not only emerged as perhaps the most effective player on a defense that helped propel the organization to three straight Super Bowls, but also as a locker-room leader that younger players gravitated to. Flowers is the perfect embodiment of everything the Patriots look for in a player; a humble guy who embraced every role he was tasked with, and the work ethic to achieve greatness in each one. He’ll be definitely be missed in Foxborough.”POD: What are his strengths?PP: “Versatility, and technique. He’s incredibly efficient with his movement, and always plays with correct leverage. He’s constantly on the other side of the line of scrimmage, and he can set the edge with the best of them. He’s also deadly in the twist and stunt department.”POD: What are his weaknesses?PP: “Flowers doesn’t have elite speed and “bend” when pass rushing from the edges Luke Willson Jersey , but has enough juice and shake to keep tackles off balance.”POD: How big of an impact is Trey going to have on a line that struggled to rush the passer in 2018? PP: “The Lions are getting their money’s worth with him. He’ll be on the field for all three downs, and will make everyone he plays with on the defensive line better. He’s the versatile playmaker Patricia’s scheme has been missing.”Well if you weren’t already excited about Flowers heading to Detroit, Brain’s answers here have to make you feel like you can run through a brick wall right now. With Flowers in tow, this Lions defensive line is starting to look like it could be all kinds of trouble. Once upon a time, Charlie Weis was the Patriots assistant coach who was supposed to be the next big thing.While that proved true in regards to his wallet if not his resume, the family is still the family, and the connections run deep.According to聽Dave Birkett of the , Weis said he talked to Lions coach and former co-worker Matt Patricia about his offensive coordinator job this offseason, but stopped short of calling it an interview.“We talked, but it never got to that point Sylvester Williams Jersey ,” Weis said. “There was no interview. Matt and I are too close to go through an interview. If it ever would have happened, it would have been, ‘Hey, you want to come?’ And I would have said yes or no. It wouldn鈥檛 have been anything other than that.”Patricia worked with Weis one year in New England (2004), and Weis tried to take Patricia with him to Notre Dame. As it turns out, Weis’ college coaching career wasn’t quite the success many expected, as he was 41-49 in eight seasons at Notre Dame and Kansas.The Lions hired former Seattle coordinator Darrell Bevell to replace Jim Bob Cooter this offseason.Weis is working in radio now, but said he’s had chances at jobs recently, but didn’t find the right situation.He also defended Patricia’s work after a 6-10 season, citing the improvements on defense and the injuries which robbed the offense of star power including Kerryon Johnson.“I mean Eli Harold Jersey , how was the defense playing at the end of the year?” Weis said. “So let鈥檚 start with that, where the defense went from. OK, that was a step in the right direction. Now, the next thing is you鈥檝e got to make those same type of strides with the offense. You lost Kerryon Johnson during the season just when he was rocking and rolling. If you can get to the fact where you don鈥檛 want to depend on just throwing it every down and continue to build toughness on the offense and you鈥檝e got both sides of the ball be tough, especially in that division.鈥淲hat I鈥檓 saying to you . . . you鈥檙e really not that far away. It鈥檚 just, you know how the league is now, these stays are short-lived so you鈥檝e got to make the most of it as quickly as you can.”That was also a fair description of his stint at Notre Dame, and the contract extension he got in the middle of his first season paid him well enough to be picky about future jobs.

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