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What They're Saying: Detroit Lions

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Detroit Lions coaches and players comment on their upcoming game against the New England Patriots.

On Playing the Patriots...

"Patriots are a great team, great ownership, great head coach, great players and we've got a huge challenge in front of us. You know, you just try to keep it to the game. I think you can't make it any more than that, just us trying to go do better than what we did last week and trying to improve obviously with a very difficult opponent coming in here to play."
- Lions Head Coach Matt Patricia

"I played there for a few years. I know a lot of those guys over there, so it’s always fun playing against them."
- Lions Running Back LeGarrette Blount

"It's a really good football team we are playing. One that's had a ton of success. We're looking forward to competing against them."
- Lions Quarterback Matthew Stafford

On familiarity with the Patriots...

"When you know each other really like that, as far as the schemes and things, I think the biggest thing for us is to just try to make sure we do a good job with our assignments, make sure we do a good job of just understanding what we need to do to win and executing that at a high level."
- Lions Head Coach Matt Patricia

On Bill Belichick...

"Bill knows his football. He knows what he's talking about. He's a really, really, really smart guy, obviously one of the best coaches to ever coach this game."
- Lions Running Back LeGarrette Blount

On Rob Gronkowski...

"He's big, physical and he’s faster than people think. He runs kind of weird, but he moves. He moves fast.He’s not real shifty, but you don’t have to be when you’re that big (6-6, 265). He has big strong hands and great body control. It’s like guarding Ziggy (Ansah), and he has great ball skills. All those things together make it tough."
- Lions Safety Glover Quin

On the possibility of Josh Gordon making his debut with the Patriots...

"He’s an explosive player, so you do have to account for it. You’ve got to be ready for certain plays that you think are kind of core to what he runs, kind of the basic stuff that he does really well, and I’m sure they’ll get him in those situations where he can succeed. So you got to really study him as a player, study the routes that he runs well, how they might use him and be ready to defend those and then after that you’ll have to adjust in the game."
- Lions Head Coach Matt Patricia

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