LaAdrian Waddle: How the Detroit Lions Rookie Fared and Why He Deserves to Start

October 23, 2013   ·     ·   Jump to comments

In a season where one undrafted rookie has already made a significant impact, the Detroit Lions received some positive contributions from another against the Cincinnati Bengals.
Tackle LaAdrian Waddle saw his first extended NFL action in injury relief of both Riley Reiff and Corey Hilliard. The rookie held his own, and his sound play should translate into a larger role.
During the preseason, it was Waddle and not tight end Joseph Fauria who was the one undrafted rookie expected to make a real dent on the Lions roster. I even wrote about why should start at right tackle back in August. 
While Fauria danced his way into the national consciousness, Waddle quietly waited on the sidelines. He fluctuated between being active and inactive on game days, a status largely dependent on starting right tackle Jason Fox's health. 
Waddle finally got his chance on Sunday. When left tackle Riley Reiff departed with a hamstring issue, the rookie from Texas Tech f...

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