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It’s been a long seven months since the Detroit Lions hired Matt Patricia to be their new head coach. Patricia has had to deal with a scandal Devon Kennard Jersey , an underwhelming free agency period, baseless rumors of losing the team, an uninspiring preseason followed up by two of the ugliest regular season games we’ve see this team play in years.But after Sunday’s night shocking victory over his former team—the seven-point favorite New England Patriots,—Patricia got the moment he’s been waiting for: His first career win as an NFL head coach. This would be an emotional moment for any new head coach, but this one, after already going through so many hardships, had to feel special. However, Patricia downplayed the moment in his post-game presser. “I’m just happy for the guys. I think they’re the ones that deserve it Cheap Michael Roberts Jersey ,” Patricia said Sunday night. “They’re the ones that have been working really hard and I’m glad they got an opportunity to enjoy this.”But it’s clear the feeling was mutual. The Detroit Lions caught video of the locker room celebration after the game, and the players clearly felt Patricia deserved the win as well. Check out this awesome moment after the game: First there’s the awkward high-five/handshake with Rod Wood, because... Rod Wood. Then there’s the emotional hug with fellow former Patriot and now Lions general manager Bob Quinn. Then the party is on with his team. T.J. Lang, Jamal Agnew, LeGarrette Blount and Ricky Jean Francois among many others just pile on top of Patricia like they were celebrating a division title. “Is this fun?” Patricia asked his team after the mob died down. “This is exactly what we needed, right? I’m so proud of you guys, I love ya. I believe in you, but we got to keep stacking these togethers , cause we gotta roll now.”Then Matthew Stafford presented Patricia with the game ball and another big hug. “I’m so proud of you, man,” Stafford can be heard saying in Patricia’s ear. Then coach breaks it down.“I love standing in front of you every single day now, and I appreciate it, and I count my blessings to be in this locker room right now. Keep working, keep digging, man. We got a long way to go, but we’re going to keep pushing.”So much for losing the team.Saturday open thread: Who’s your dark horse pick to make the Detroit Lions roster? The Detroit Lions got over a third of their roster cuts out of the way on Friday Cheap Taylor Decker Jersey , parting ways with 12 different players while placing another on injured reserve.But that was the easy part. Saturday is where the Lions are going to have to make some tough choices, like whether to keep Brandon Powell on as a fifth receiver, or deciding how many tight ends to keep on the roster, or figuring out the mess of a situation at offensive line depth. This has been one of the harder seasons to predict the Lions’ final roster, and there’s bound to be a surprise or two left in Bob Quinn’s arsenal. So today’s Question of the Day is:Who is a surprise player you think may end up making the roster?(If you need a reminder of who is still on the roster, check out our Lions cut tracker)My answer: Linebacker Trevor Bates.I was the only one who included Bates as an IN in our final Bubble Watch, and I still stand by it.Granted, Bates played a ton in the preseason finale Sam Martin Jersey , which is usually not a great sign for a player trying to make the team, but the same can be said for Jonathan Freeny—a presumed roster spot holder—who played even more than Bates on Thursday. The Lions are going to keep a fair amount of linebackers on this roster, probably more than many expected. Bates brings prior knowledge to Matt Patricia’s system, having played in New England for over a year. He also has been playing a lot of special teams this preseason. Those are two huge factors that could push him onto the roster as one of the last players in. Your turn.Tweets from
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