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Signings prove Matt Patricia isn't scaring players away from Lions

Signings prove Matt Patricia isn't scaring players away from Lions
Published On: Fri, Mar 15
September 16, 2018; Santa Clara, CA, USA; Detroit Lions head coach Matt Patricia (left) talks to tight end Levine Toilolo (87) before the game against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

There was a theme to the Detroit Lions' first wave of free-agency signings this week, aA thread that could be traced all the way toA Foxborough. For better or worse, the team is stocking its cupboards with former New England Patriots.A 

New slot receiver Danny Amendola played in New England for five seasons.A Cornerback Justin Coleman, who blossomed in Seattle the past two years,A played the previous two in, well, you guessed it. And defensive endA Trey Flowers, the crown jewel of Detroit's free-agency haul,A has only known one home during his four-year career.A 

This isn't nepotism so much as comfort in familiarity. Amendola, Coleman and Flowers are all proven commodities who appropriately filled roster holes in Detroit.A 

And their signings signify something elseA a€” Lions coach Matt Patricia isn't scaring players away from coming to Detroit. In fact, it shows those who know him best, who have worked with him extensively in the past, are drawn to work with him again.A 

"He taught me a lot of things, developed me," Flowers said.A "I developed through his system of doing things. So, he's just a great guy to work for. Obviously he demands a high standard of excellence from his players, and when you get someone who can challenge you like that, day in and day out, you're going to just continue to get better. Those are the types of guys you want to play for, because you know they're expecting high (things) of you."

During Patricia's first season, a disappointing 6-10 campaign, there was plenty out there to suggest the transition from the previous regime wasn't going as smoothly as hoped. Away from the microphones and television cameras, a handful of veterans privately grumbled about the intensity of practices or Patricia's tendency to launch into a curse-laden tirades on the practice field.A 

This wasn't strictly a media-driven narrative. In an poll of anonymous agents conducted by Sports Illustrated, Detroit was voted as the fourth-least desirable places to play. One agent highlighted Patricia's Belichick-ian attitude in his reasoning.A 

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