Glover Quin has been lauded for his leadership skills, but as he prepares for his first season in Detroit, he said he's not going to give his teammates directions right off the bat.

"When I first come in, I kind of treat it like my rookie year," said Quin, a safety who spent his first four seasons with the Texans. "Even though you were signed and brought in as a guy who could help, you still want to gain the respect of people as a player, as a worker before you start trying to just tell people what to do.

"I want to come in and be able to lead them by the way that I work, the way that I approach the game and things like that."

Coming off a 4-12 season, the Lions are in desperate need of guidance. Injuries and untimely, undisciplined play resulted in an eight-game losing streak to close the season.

In Quin (five-year, $23.5 million contract), the Lions have found a durable player who's missed one game in his career and can immediately help a secondary that's been problematic the past decade.

Quin also brings a winning mentality after playing on a Houston team that won a playoff game each of the past two years.

"When you have a young team, you want to get those guys into a winning mentality of doing what winners do," he said.

That means players taking care of their bodies, eating right, studying and having more accountability.

"All those little things add up to Sundays being able to get wins," he said.

The Lions lost veteran defensive leaders Kyle Vanden Bosch, Corey Williams, Cliff Avril and Justin Durant during the offseason, so Quin will be tasked with filling that void.