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Lions notes: Former player calls Matt Patricia Bill Belichick’s ‘little protégé’

Matt Patricia has a lot of fans in the Patriots’ locker room.

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  • The Lions have a new defensive end on their roster, signing former Brown Cam Johnson to a futures contract on Monday. Here are his athletic scores from his 2012 combine:

  • Former Lions backup quarterback Kellen Moore has retired as a player. However, he has already snagged himself an NFL coaching job:

  • Punter Sam Martin called his disappointing 2017 season “very, very, very frustrating.” But claims not to have any worries about his career going forward and has “every intention of getting back to myself.”

  • Catching up from last week, a few Lions players were fined for their conduct in the season finale against the Packers (no word on if Matthew Stafford was fined for hurling the ball into the upper deck):