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Lions continue to show to Goff by drafting Sewell along with extending Ragnow

Quarterback Jared Goff has been shown plenty of love and respect since coming to the Detroit Lions.

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The first overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, Goff was cast aside by the Los Angeles Rams and sent to the Lions for quarterback Matthew Stafford, a pair of first-round picks and a third-round pick in the first move under new general manager Brad Holmes, who had spent 18 seasons with the Rams.

Some thought Goff, who has two years left on his contract, would be quickly phased out by the Lions, if the team opted to take a quarterback with the seventh pick overall in this year’s NFL Draft. Instead, the Lions passed on Justin Fields and Mac Jones and opted to provide Goff some protection by taking massive offensive tackle Penei Sewell.

“We had some talks before the draft,” Goff said Thursday. “Again, I think it’s a nice vote of confidence, obviously, for me.

“I think what’s not lost on me is that (the club’s) first move as a staff with Brad and Dan (Campbell, the new head coach) involved me. So, it’s exciting and it makes me feel good.”

The Lions’ war room erupted when the club selected the 6-foot-6, 331-pound Sewell and Goff said he was just as excited.

“Fired up,” Goff said. “When I saw we took Penei, I know the staff was fired up and so was I. Obviously, as a quarterback, anytime you get help up front, that’s always good.”

That gives the Lions two bookend tackles with Sewell on the right side and 2016 first-round pick Taylor Decker on the left side. Goff was also excited after Pro Bowl centre Frank Ragnow, who was a first-round pick in 2018, reportedly agreed to a four-year contract extension through 2026 on Thursday.

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“We got a lot of solid guys up there right now,” the 26-year-old Goff said. “I think it’s shaping up to, hopefully, be one of the top groups in the league.

“There’s obviously a lot of work to do and I know that, but there’s a lot of good players up there right now and, as a quarterback, that’s your best friend. So, I’m excited for it.”

Along with help up front, new Detroit offensive co-ordinator Anthony Lynn has taken extra time with Goff to try and install an offence where he’s comfortable. Lynn was head coach of the Los Angeles Chargers last year and helped guide quarterback Justin Herbert, who was the NFL’s rookie of the year.

“I still think there’s a lot of dialogue going on,” the 6-foot-4, 215-pound Goff said. “I think Anthony, obviously, has a great history and has a lot of knowledge.

“It’s been awesome working with him so far and him wanting to listen and wanting to hear from me and, at the same time, being open to that dialogue. It’s been really nice. It’s been cool.”

After finishing 4-12 in Goff’s rookie year, the Rams hired Sean McVay as head coach and won the NFC West Division in 2017. Goff guided the team to the Super Bowl a year later and he believes that kind turnaround can happen in Detroit, too.

“Anytime there’s a new head coach and a full new staff and a lot of new players as well, there’s a turnover and there’s a different feeling and different energy in the building and I’m just trying to grab it and run with it,” Goff said. “It can change very quickly. It can go, unfortunately, from not very good last year to good and to playoff good very quickly. It’s not easy, but it is available, it is an option, if we make it the right way and we put the work in and do the right things.”

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