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Detroit Lions Notes, Quotes 2009-04-17

Detroit Lions Notes, Quotes 2009-04-17
--Don't forget about wide receiver. The Lions drafted a wide receiver in the top 10 four out of five years from 2003-07, but Calvin Johnson is the only one still in Detroit.

Johnson is outstanding, but he needs help. The Lions signed Bryant Johnson and Ronald Curry as free agents, and they have claimed Will Franklin off waivers from Kansas City. Franklin was a fourth-round pick last year, but had a knee injury and caught only seven passes for 82 yards.

"We had a couple guys on our coaching staff who were in Kansas City last year, so they were able to bring some perspective to that," said Schwartz, referring to defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham and assistant secondary coach Daron Roberts.

Curry, signed this week, spent the past seven seasons with Oakland. He caught 19 passes for 181 yards and two touchdowns last year.

--WR Bryant Johnson has averaged 42.5 catches a year. He caught 35 passes as a rookie. He has caught between 40 passes and 49 passes each season since. Good. Solid. But not the numbers expected of a wide receiver drafted 17th overall.

"I just want to come in and do what I know I'm capable of doing, regardless of what numbers I can put up," Johnson said. "I just know I can play better than I've played in my career, and it's a great opportunity here."

--Before he re-signed with the Lions, offensive tackle George Foster was a free agent working out at his alma mater, Georgia. And while there, he talked a little with Georgia quarterback Matthew Stafford, a candidate to be the Lions' pick No. 1 overall.

"I told him that there are some pieces in place up here -- and mainly, Calvin," Foster said with a laugh. Asked for his impressions of Stafford, he said: "As far as the eye test, he probably got an A-plus. Physically, there's not a throw he's going to have a problem making that I can see," Foster said.

"Again, I am not a scout. How did he throw the out? I don't know. I just know the ball got there really quick, on point, and that's all I can say."

--The Lions will unveil their new logo and uniforms at a suburban Detroit sporting goods store Monday. The new look apparently leaked when a toy truck was posted for sale on nflshop.com, and it is more of a tweak than a redesign. Some detailing has been added to the logo to make the lion more dynamic and mean.

--The Lions will hold their annual Draft Day Party at Ford Field, beginning at 3 p.m. and ending at approximately 8 p.m. April 25. The draft begins at 4 p.m. The event is free. Fans can watch the draft on the Ford Field video boards. Other festivities include autograph sessions, photo opportunities and clinics with former Lions players, an interactive area, tours of the Lions' locker room and children's activities like face-painting.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "I didn't know Aaron Curry changed his name." -- Lions president Tom Lewand, asked when Georgia quarterback Matthew Stafford would be introduced as the Lions' pick No. 1 overall.

Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: April 17, 2009

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