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Notes: Lions GM Brad Holmes named potential Executive of the Year candidate

Scott Pioli of named Lions general manager Brad Holmes as one of his five candidates for NFL Executive of the Year.

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Since taking the job in January of 2021, Detroit Lions general manager Brad Holmes has been on a mission. Both he and coach Dan Campbell spoke about a collaborative approach that would hopefully turn the Lions into one of the best organizations in the NFL.

As we sit here in December of 2023, I would say they are well on their way to realizing that goal. At 10-4 and on the cusp of clinching their first division championship since 1993, Holmes and the rest of the organization are rightfully receiving their flowers. So much so that Scott Pioli of named Holmes as one of his five candidates for NFL Executive of the Year.

“Holmes has routinely added the right pieces to build a playoff contender through free agency and, most importantly, the draft,” Piolo write. “A key component of Holmes’ success is that he has an aligned vision with head coach Dan Campbell. Holmes has put a premium on acquiring players who match the makeup and profile they collectively believe in.”

From taking right tackle Penei Sewell at seventh overall in the 2021 NFL Draft, finding Amon-Ra St. Brown in the fourth round, to key free agent acquisitions like Alex Anzalone, Graham Glasgow and Cameron Sutton—Holmes has been integral to transforming both the Lions’ roster, as well as their cap situation.

You can read the entire article from Pioli on his five favorites for the award here.

And now, onto the rest of today’s notes:

  • Just your daily reminder that Penei Sewell is the best tackle in football. Carry on.

  • Happy birthday and return to practice day for Lions’ safety C.J. Gardner-Johnson.

  • If you’re looking for a more thorough recap of Gardner-Johnson’s media session from practice, Kyle Meinke of Mlive has you covered.

  • Rookie running back Jahmyr Gibbs is a certified playmaker.

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