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ALLEN PARK Chris Lindstrom Jersey , Mich. (AP) — him pause when the Lions seem to be valuing a player more than various analysts.The answer was no surprise.“No,” Quinn said Saturday after the conclusion of the NFL draft. “If I worry about what other people think, I’ll be up all night.”When this draft is evaluated in the coming years, Detroit may be judged on the performance of its top two picks — tight end T.J. Hockenson of Iowa and linebacker Jahlani Tavai of Hawaii.Both players seem to have plenty of potential, but it remains to be seen if they’re worth what the Lions invested. They took Hockenson with the No. 8 overall pick — the highest slot for a tight end in over a decade. Then Detroit selected Tavai in round two .“If we go into this process being scared about what other people think about our team and our evaluations, then we have a long way to go,” Quinn said. “We’re convicted on the guys we take. Are we going to be right a hundred percent of the time? No. No team is. But I think we do a tremendous amount of work.”The Lions ended up drafting nine players, three more than last year. They would probably love for one of their top picks to have an impact like Kerryon Johnson, their second-round pick from 2018. He came in as a rookie and rushed for 641 yards, giving a boost to a moribund running game before an injury cut his season short.WHO THEY GOTAfter taking Hockenson in the first round, the Lions used their next four picks on defense, adding Tavai, defensive back Will Harris of Boston College, defensive end Austin Bryant of Clemson and cornerback Amani Oruwariye of Penn State.“I think our defense, when I look at it , is a lot of pieces that the coaches can use in different spots,” Quinn said. “In this defense, versatility is key.”Detroit didn’t turn back to the offensive side of the ball until the sixth round, when the Lions picked wide receiver Travis Fulgham of Old Dominion and running back Ty Johnson of Maryland. Detroit’s seventh-round picks were spent on tight end Isaac Nauta of Georgia and defensive tackle P.J. Johnson of Arizona.SURPRISE MOVETaking Tavai certainly qualifies, after’s analyst had him going 2-3 rounds later. Quinn said he was a player Detroit had been targeting for a while.HOW THEY DIDThe Lions definitely addressed needs at tight end, receiver and on defense, but fans can quibble with how they went about it. For example, it appears the Lions could have taken tight end Irv Smith in the second round and defensive lineman Ed Oliver in the first if they’d been willing to wait for a different tight end.Oruwariye, the team’s fifth-round pick, was ranked as the No. 36 overall prospect in the entire draft by“He was a guy that we talked about in round four, to be honest,” Quinn said.The Lions, who cut guard T.J. Lang after an injury-shortened 2018 season, did not use a single pick on an offensive lineman.“Once you get into the third day in the draft, you’re never going to reach for guys. You really have to follow the board Kendall Sheffield Jersey ,” Quinn said. “Just because you might have a little bit of an opening on the depth chart, you don’t want to reach for a player, grade-wise. So we stayed very, very true to the board today. That’s kind of how it fell to us. People are asking, all right, well, why the other tight end in the seventh round? Well, he was the highest-graded guy, by far.”WHAT’S NEXT?The Lions were a huge disappointment last season under new coach Matt Patricia, who will be under pressure to turn Detroit around quickly. While this wasn’t a flashy draft, it’s consistent with the Lions’ desire to run the ball and stop the run. Hockenson could contribute right away on offense, but it was Detroit’s earlier work in free agency — such as signing defensive lineman Trey Flowers and cornerback Justin Coleman — that may make or break 2019. LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — The NFC North champion Chicago Bears are rolling along with eight wins in nine games and their first playoff appearance in eight years approaching.Coach Matt Nagy hopes they haven’t hit their peak.“I want us to get to a point where we literally don’t peak until wherever our final game is of the year,” he said Wednesday.“As long as our arrow is going up and we’re practicing every week the right way, and we get to each game … We’ve had some games where I feel like we’ve been close in all three phases , but what I do like about where we’re at right now as a team is we find different ways to win.”The Bears (11-4) head to Minnesota for Sunday’s regular-season finale with a shot at the No. 2 seed in the NFC and the first-round bye.They need to beat the Vikings for the second time and get some help from San Francisco when the struggling 49ers visit the NFC West champion Rams. Chicago trails Los Angeles (12-3) by a game, but holds the head-to-head tiebreaker thanks to a 15-6 victory at Soldier Field on Dec. 9.Whether the Bears get the bye or not, this is all quite a change after four straight last-place finishes. They’re eyeing a playoff run for the first time since the 2010 team won the division and advanced to the conference championship game.They’re in this spot largely because of a defense with four Pro Bowl picks led by Khalil Mack that ranks fourth overall in the NFL and leads the league in both interceptions (27) and takeaways (36).The Bears have shown some promise on offense, but haven’t developed the consistency they hope to achieve. And quarterback Mitchell Trubisky understands that starts with him.In his second season in the league and first in Nagy’s system, he has made huge strides — and experienced some bumps.“There are no excuses,” he said. “It doesn’t matter that it’s our first year. It doesn’t matter that we have a new head coach and a new offense, we also want immediate results so we are out there working hard and wanting to continue winning games.”Trubisky has made a big jump statistically in 13 games this season after playing in 12 as a rookie last year under former coach John Fox and offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains. His completion rate is up from 59.4 percent to 66.4, as are his yards (2,193 to 3,060) and passer rating (77.5 to 96.0). And his touchdown-to-interception ratio is much better, with 24 TDs and 12 interceptions after throwing seven of each as a rookie.He has had QB ratings of more than 100 in six games, but in the other seven, it’s been 83 or lower.Teams have also been attacking the Bears differently, with Green Bay and San Francisco using zones the past two weeks. That has forced him to find holes and take the shorter passes the defenses have been giving him. It has also led to a combined 79 percent completion rate and 119.4 rating.“It helps him grow as a quarterback because you make more decisions,” Nagy said. “Not that you don’t do that vs. man Qadree Ollison Jersey , but there’s holes in the zone areas. Now are the holes, are they short, intermediate or long, with how they’re doing it with their scheme? He’s continuing to get a lot of looks. And I truly believe that only in the long run, him getting these zone looks that’s he getting right now, he’s getting better and better at them.”The Bears are in a good spot overall at the moment, with the playoffs approaching. Nagy reiterated Wednesday he plans to keep his foot on the gas and go with his top players Sunday, as long as the Rams aren’t blowing out the 49ers.It doesn’t hurt that the offensive line could also get a key player back, with guard Kyle Long hoping to come back after missing the past eight games.The three-time Pro Bowler suffered a tendon injury to his right foot against the New York Jets on Oct. 28 and returned to practice last week.If he’s not ready to play against the Vikings, then the playoffs are a possibility.“It’s just a matter of getting my body right and having an understanding with the coaches of where I’m at physically,” he said. “That’s a big thing, that open line of communication.”Notes: Safety Eddie Jackson (ankle), linebacker Aaron Lynch (elbow) and WR Allen Robinson (ribs) did not practice on Wednesday. Defensive lineman Bilal Nichols (knee) was limited.
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