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Lions GM: Drafting QB every year is ‘good football business’

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For NFL teams, finding a starting quarterback is vital for success. Finding a quality backup is necessary insurance. And drafting quarterbacks with upside is just smart business.

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With a market shortage on quality quarterbacks, landing a player with potential can lead to future success or aid in stockpiling draft picks. The Eagles under Andy Reid were the prime wholesale jerseys example of building up backup quarterbacks then swapping unproven talent for draft picks — i.e. Kevin Kolb.

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This offseason, the hot backup name is Mike Glennon, who will wither away behind Jameis Winston if the Tampa Bay Buccaneers don’t cheap nfl jerseys swing a trade. Glennon has starting experience and an NFL arm. There are questions about his ability to be an everyday starter, but in a QB-needy league, a player like Glennon could bring back a solid haul for Tampa.

The New England Patriots are another example of franchise not afraid of adding quarterbacks, despite Tom Brady Jerseys’s presence. They did it with Matt Cassel Jerseys. Ryan Mallett Jerseys always generated buzz (even if it lacked substance). Next offseason Jimmy Garoppolo Jerseys will be the hot name on the trade market along with Bengals backup AJ McCarron — both entering the final year of their rookie deals.

Coming from New England, Detroit Lions general manager Bob Quinn knows taking swings at quarterbacks in the draft is a calculated risk every good organization should make, even if that swing misses.

“I think it’s really good football business to acquire a young quarterback every year or every other year,” Quinn said, via the Detroit Free Press. “There’s such a value in the position and nowadays in college football there’s a lot of spread offenses, which means it’s a lot different than pro football. So it takes these young quarterbacks time to develop. So if you can add a young quarterback every year or every other year to your roster, it’s good football business in my mind. So you have time to develop them, either on the practice squad or as a backup, before eventually them having to play in a game.”

The Lions haven’t drafted a quarterback since taking Matthew Stafford Jerseys No. 1 overall in 2009. With no developmental quarterback on the roster, expect that to change in Quinn’s first season in Detroit.

The Patriots didn’t fear using a second-round pick in 2014 on a player who might not play a significant snap in his entire tenure with the team. It’s easier to do while shining multiple Lombardi Trophies, to be sure, but it’s also good sense. It will be blatantly clear when we hear next offseason teams are considering sending at first-round pick for Garoppolo.

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Patriots excited as Winter Classic preparations begin

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Hardcore fans of the New England Patriots Jerseys, celebrating their team’s 12th win of the season, remained scattered across the parking lots of Gillette Stadium on a brisk, but by no means frigid, Sunday night in New England while work crews from the National cheapjerseys us com Hockey League took control of the building to begin the transformation toward the 2016 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic.

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While the post-game tailgate festivities ended, when the snarled traffic along adjoining Route 1 abated, NHL employees worked throughout the night, putting down flooring and performing other set-up tasks to prepare the stadium for a rink-building process that will begin in earnest Monday in preparation of the Winter Classic between the Boston Bruins and the Montreal Canadiens here on Jan. 1 (1 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, TVA Sports).

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The Bruins and Canadiens will have practices at Gillette Stadium on Dec. 31 before an alumni game between players from each organization will take place at 3:30 p.m. (NBCSN, SN, TVA Sports).

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For some of the Patriots, the transformation, which began soon after they finished streaming out of the stadium after a 33-16 victory against the Tennessee Titans, was an exciting beginning to a process they will observe at arm’s length for the better part of the next two weeks.

“It’s going to be awesome, a great atmosphere [for the Winter Classic],” said Jimmy Garappolo, the backup quarterback to starter Tom Brady Jerseys. Garappolo, a Chicago Blackhawks fan while growing up outside of the Windy City, admits he is “turning over to the Bruins” since arriving with the Patriots this summer and is looking forward to seeing the rink take shape.

The defending Super Bowl champion Patriots finished their home schedule Sunday, going 7-1 at Gillette Stadium for the season. They finish the regular season with away games against the New York Jets (Dec. 7) and the Miami Dolphins Jerseys (Jan. 3) before they start the NFL postseason after the first-round bye they earned with a victory Sunday and a loss by the Denver Broncos later in the afternoon. They will play a second-round game during the weekend of Jan. 16-17.

The Patriots won’t play at Gillette Stadium for almost a month at the earliest, but they will be around, using the practice facilities adjacent to the stadium. They will have a first-hand view of the rink-build process, which will be supervised by Dan Craig, the NHL’s Senior Director of Facilities Operations.

Garappolo says he is excited to see the rink take shape while the Patriots spend the next two weeks preparing for the rest of the regular season.

Growing up in Arlington Heights, Ill., Garappolo followed the Blackhawks pretty closely. He says Jonathan Toews Jerseys is his favorite player and he loves the character of the recent Blackhawks teams. He says he played hockey for one year when he was younger, as a defenseman. To hear him tell it, he was not very good and he quickly turned his attention to football.

Alan Branch, a defensive lineman with the Patriots, says he grew up playing a bit of roller hockey as a kid before embracing football full-time. He played football at the University of Michigan, where he says he saw “a lot of good hockey.” He missed the “Cold War II” outdoor game at The Big House between the Wolverines and Michigan State and was already in the NFL when the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs visited the Michigan football stadium for the 2014 Winter Classic.

“That is really exciting, pretty cool,” Branch said when told about the impending Winter Classic. “Outdoor hockey is old-school. I didn’t grow up being a hockey fan, but merged into one as an adult. It should be an awesome game.”

Right guard Josh Kline Jerseys, another Chicago-area kid, has been with the Patriots since 2013. One thing he has learned in his three years with New England is that the sports fans here know how to split their loyalties to embrace all of the area teams.

“It’s going to be a great experience,” said Kline, who says he follows the cheapjerseys us com NHL when his schedule allows. “Obviously they love the Bruins around here, so it should be a real good experience.”