Patriots ready for reunion with Lions

Andy Hart
August 05, 2019 - 7:40 am
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The Patriots and Lions will kick off three days of joint practices on Monday, leading up to Thursday night’s preseason opener in Detroit.

Before the teams hit the practice field for productive summertime work that has seemingly surpassed actual preseason game action in terms of importance to the coaches, here’s a refresher look at all the former New England players and coaches that Bill Belichick and his team will be reunited with this week in Michigan.

Matt Patricia – The former Patriots defensive coordinator is in his second season as the Lions head coach. After 14 seasons in New England under Belichick, Patricia’s first year in Detroit was a difficult one, both on (6-10 record) and off the field.

Bob Quinn – The Lions executive vice president and general manager spent 16 years in the Patriots organization, working his way up the front office ladder before taking over the Detroit football operations in 2016.

Kevin Anderson – After working for a decade in various roles in the Patriots football ops department, Anderson joined the Lions as chief of staff/assistant to the GM in 2016. He’s now in his second season as the chief of staff/assistant to the head coach.

Trey Flowers – A former fourth-round pick who established himself as a defensive mainstay in four years in New England, Flowers hit the free agent jackpot to join the Lions on a $90 million contract this offseason. Flowers opened his first Detroit training camp on PUP with a shoulder issue.

Danny Amendola – A year removed from his time as a clutch performer for five seasons in New England, Amendola moved from Miami to Detroit this offseason. Amendola had 59 catches for the Dolphins last fall and now will try to build a rapport with Matthew Stafford in the Lions passing attack.

Justin Coleman – Coleman spent two seasons in New England as a reserve defensive back early in his career, starting three games from 2015-16. He’s now considered the starting nickel back for Patricia’s defense after signing a $36 million contract this offseason, making him one of the highest-paid slot corners in the game.

Tavon Wilson – The safety was mostly a special teamer with the Patriots despite his status as a 2012 second-round pick. Now, he’s found a home in Detroit where he’s started on defense in 26 of the 40 games he’s played for the Lions, though it was just three of 15 games a year ago.

Darius Kilgo – The defensive tackle played in nine games for the Patriots in 2016. He’s well down the depth chart in Detroit.

Jeff Davidson – The Lions offensive line coach was an assistant in New England from 1997-2004, working with the tight ends and offensive line.

Steve Gregory – Now a defensive assistant with the Lions, Gregory played safety for the Patriots from 2012-13.

Harrold Nash – Detroit’s strength and conditioning coach spent more than a decade working on Belichick’s staff, first as an assistant strength coach (2005-10) and then has the head guy (11-15) before moving on to the Lions.

Billy Yates – Early in his coaching career as minority coaching assistantship on Patricia’s staff, Yates played offensive line for the Patriots from 2004-08.

Leon Washington – Also working as a minority coaching assistantship, Washington played running back for the Patriots in 2013.

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