ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) The Detroit Lions are hiring Kevin Anderson as an assistant to the general manager.

The Lions confirmed Thursday night that Anderson will head the football operations department. He has previously been a director of player development for the New England Patriots.

Detroit hired Bob Quinn, who was also part of the New England organization, as its general manager earlier this month. The Lions fired GM Martin Mayhew during the season.

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Anderson spent the past decade in the Patriots' football operations department.