Brad Holmes has a favorite saying about the challenge facing him as general manager of the Detroit Lions.

It is no easy task for Holmes, head coach Dan Campbell and their staff to renovate a team that finished last in the NFC North the last three years and won only 14 games.

"We had a lot of work to do when Dan and I first got in this chair," Holmes said in an interview with Detroitlions.com. "Just on the roster. I mean a ton of work -- on both sides of the ball.

"It's easy to say more work defensively (it was historically bad in 2020), but we had work to do at all the skill positions, especially when Matt (Stafford) wanted the trade."

By most accounts, it has been a productive offseason in shoring up the roster and setting the Lions up in the future with two additional first-round draft picks in the trade that sent Matthew Stafford to the Rams for Jared Goff in an exchange of quarterbacks.