Lions' Quinn sees need for upgrade at many spots

Josh Katzenstein
The Detroit News
Quarterback is one area new GM Bob Quinn believes the Lions are strong.

Indianapolis — Lions general manager Bob Quinn provided a direct answer Wednesday when discussing necessary improvements to the roster.

“This team didn’t make the playoffs last year,” he said Wednesday at the NFL combine. “There’s a reason for that. So, the talent level needs to improve. And that’s why I’m here, and hopefully we can improve the team.”

During his 13-minute podium session, Quinn said there are some positions he considers strengths on the team — quarterback, defensive line and cornerback — but he thinks the team lacks depth at many positions.

“I’m going to keep saying that because I really believe in that because this is a league and a game where injuries happen,” he said. “So, I’ve got to prepare the team and have depth at every level of the team, so when that happens, the next guy can step in.”

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Now, Quinn has to figure out how to add talent and depth to the roster. He said he’s excited for the combine, but noted that players are coached for interviews, which makes it hard to evaluate them fully at the event.

Before the draft in April, the Lions will have a chance to find roster upgrades in free agency, but Quinn said those aren’t the only ways to find good players, though he declined to list them.

“I know the draft and free agency get all the media buzz, and I respect that because it’s a big story,” he said. “But there’s dozens of other ways that we can acquire players and talent.”