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Lions news: Recapping the latest notes from Day 1 of NFL Combine

The NFL Combine began on Monday and the event is working its way through its schedule on its way toward on-field drills, which begin on Thursday, March 2. Day 1 of the Combine is mostly arrival and orientation things, making Tuesday the true “first” day.

As part of the lead-up to measurements and drills, general managers and coaches speak with the media—Detroit Lions’ Brad Holmes and Dan Campbell will be at the podium on Wednesday—and lots of behind-the-scenes business conversations are being had.

So far we have covered a variety of things from player news to coaching changes to the exciting world of team president and CEO Rod Wood. Here’s a sampling:

But there have also been several notable news stories we have not written an expanded article on, which leads us to today’s notes.

  • The news comes fast at the Combine, and with 32 pairs of team representatives along with teams of beat writers from all 32 teams in attendance, you can find fun information in a variety of places. For example, last offseason, Bengals coach Zac Taylor gushed over the Lions hiring of Ben Johnson as their offensive coordinator. At the Combine on Tuesday, Taylor was once again asked about his thoughts on Johnson. Detroit News reporter Justin Rogers was in attendance for the answer:

“I know, ultimately, your first path to the playoffs is winning your division, right?,” Adofo-Mensah said to Rogers. “So, you never want to obviously make your division stronger. But, ultimately, the best path I have to the playoffs is putting the best team on the field. So, that’s where that starts. Brad and I have a really good relationship, and I said this earlier, you can do trades where both sides kind of know what their interests are and both can win.”

  • In another interesting twist Dan Campbell’s former mentor, Broncos coach Sean Payton, said that despite not hiring former Lions coach Matt Patricia—the man Campbell replaced—as his defensive coordinator, Payton would not rule out hiring him for another role:

POD has thoughts…

  • If you’re new to the NFL Combine, the Mothership penned an informative piece highlighting and explaining every workout at the NFL Combine. Even if you’re a seasoned vet, it’s a nice piece to give you a refresher.
  • The Lions also released a spoken word piece, called “Detroit Shows Up,” by Detroit-based poet, author, and event producer, Joel Fluent Greene, as part of their celebration of Black History Month: