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, they fear the player will regress. With money in pocket, some believe players have a lot less to play for now that they’re set for life.While that theory rarely has any legitimacy to it, it’s definitely not true of Quandre Diggs. Just hours after the Lions announced his three-year extension worth $20.4 million, he shot down that assumption Monday afternoon.“I’m always going to have motivation, man,” Diggs told reporters. “I’m a sixth-round draft pick, so at the end of the day 32 teams passed me up, so I’m always going to have a chip on my shoulder. Ain’t gonna be nothing different.”Diggs has been clearly using that motivation from Day 1. In his rookie year, he not only made the 53-man roster, but he appeared in all 16 games and even made four starts. In fact, he played at least eight defensive snaps in 15 of 16 games T.J. Hockenson Jersey 2019
, which is nearly unheard of for a sixth-round rookie. And he thrived, too. He was one of the highest rated Lions defensive players per Pro Football Focus. But it wasn’t just motivation that has helped Diggs along the way. The former Texas star credits Detroit’s solid cast of defensive backs throughout the years for making him the player he is today.“When I got here, I had great guys like Rashean Mathis, GQ (Glover Quin) of course, Don Carey,” Diggs said. “I’ve always had great meetings, great mentorship including Josh Wilson and James Ihedigbo. For me, it’s a blessing.”Now Diggs has become the mentor. In just three season’s of work, he’s expanded his role from reserve nickel corner to starting corner and legitimate safety starter, as well. That’s why general manager Bob Quinn referred to him as “one of our core defensive players” and head coach Matt Patricia called him “a critical part of our team defensively.” But for Diggs, this is just the beginning. Tomorrow is another day White T.J. Hockenson Jersey
, and it’s no different than the day before he was granted a $20 million contract. “It’s a huge relief, but at the end of the day, you still got to put in work to show the Lions that you deserve every penny of it. My whole mindset hasn’t changed. I’m going to continue to go out and work.” 2022 remains a possibility."Just last week, Detroit Lions team president Rod Wood sounded optimistic about bringing the NFL Draft to the city of Detroit. Having sent down a team to Nashville to see how they ran the 2019 NFL Draft—which produced record attendance and TV ratings—Wood said the team was in the running for future drafts.“I’m excited that we’re going to get an opportunity to bring one here,” Wood said. Unfortunately, it looks like Detroit has missed out on the first round of bidding. On Wednesday, the NFL announced the locations of the 2021 and 2023 drafts.That’s obviously a small blow to Detroit, who has been trying to book the NFL Draft gig for a few years now, but it does provide a little bit of optimism, as well.First, 2022 still does not have a hosting city Youth T.J. Hockenson Jersey
, meaning Detroit may still be in the running for that year. Additionally, the fact that Cleveland will be the host city in 2021 suggests the NFL is willing to choose some untraditional cities to host the event, even if they’re not perceived as the “nicest” city. As long as the city provides a unique experience, it appears NFL commissioner Roger Goodell will keep an open mind. “Cleveland has a passionate fan base and the city offers distinctive iconic locations and attractions that will bring the NFL Draft experience to fans in unique and exciting ways,” Goodell said in a statement on Wednesday.Wood clearly knows that and has already started working on brainstorming ideas for a iconically Detroit experience.“I think what we learned is we need to do something, if we’re going to do it here, that’s really iconically Detroit,” Wood said. “So we have a few ideas on how we may do that.”Does that mean a draft will finally come to Detroit? We’ll just have to wait and see.