Lions GM: Stafford’s absence won’t affect draft plans


Matthew Stafford figures to be some distance from the Detroit Lions this offseason as his partner, Kelly, battles a brain tumor.
Lions general manager Bob Quinn said Thursday that the quarterback’s absence from the workers is now not going to have an effect on how Detroit attacks the 2019 NFL Draft.

“I’ve had a lot of conversation with Matt over the previous couple of weeks. I could per chance well narrate that my prayers, and the organization’s prayers are with him and his family and Kelly’s enviornment,” Quinn told newshounds at his pre-draft presser. “Out of respect for his — he roughly needs to preserve all the pieces non-public, so I will depart it at that. I function now not are attempting to steer particular of your search files from. I true are attempting to… He’s asked us to preserve all the pieces non-public.”
Kelly launched on Instagram earlier this month that she planned to possess brain surgical treatment this month to combat a “tumor sitting on about a of my cranial nerves.”
Matthew Stafford became once now not in attendance for the starting up of Detroit’s voluntary workouts this week, but is anticipated to return to the club sometime this spring, per the Detroit Free Press.
Coming into his 11th season as the Lions’ starting up quarterback, Stafford has four years last on a 5-year extension signed in 2017.
Detroit owns the eighth general grab in the draft. Whereas it’s highly now doubtlessly now not that the Lions would employ that early of a vary on a quarterback, Detroit might per chance per chance address the QB order in later rounds.
The Lions for the time being make employ of Connor Cook and now not too long ago received Tom Savage as backups to Stafford.
Arrangement more doubtless than the Lions selecting their QB of the some distance-off future at No. 8 is them trading down from that selection, one thing Quinn urged became once most likely earlier this month.

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