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Josh Katzenstein
The Detroit News
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West Bloomfield — Bob Quinn still has a few months before seeing how some of his offseason moves as a rookie general manager will pay off for the Lions, but he likes what he’s seen so far during organized team activities and the offseason program.

“I think the team’s really coming together and learning to play with each other,” Quinn said Monday. “I think the biggest part of OTAs is trying to implement the rookies with the veterans and have them on the field at the same time. So, the last two weeks or so, it’s been a big transition for those guys, trying to keep up with the veterans.”

Quinn said the rookies are making progress, and considering some of them could start, that’s a good sign. Both first-round offensive tackle Taylor Decker and second-round defensive tackle A’Shawn Robinson have played with the starters during OTAs, and third-round center Graham Glasgow and fourth-round strong safety Miles Killebrew are in the competition for their respective starting jobs.

As for the rest of the team, Quinn sees “tough” and “strong” guys and has been impressed with the daily competition.

“I think the competition and everyone just buying into what the coaches are trying to teach them has been really impressive to me, especially just being an observer from the outside of practice,” he said. “I just love to see the competition, and that’s really what stood out to me.”

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