Preparing for the 2013 Detroit Lions Training Camp: The Defensive Tackles

July 6, 2013   ·     ·   Jump to comments

I was going to include the DE43s and DT43s (the draftnik in me won’t allow me to call them by any other designation) in this installment, but there’s more meat on this bone than I had anticipated.
I’ll get into the current state of affairs on the D-line, a high-level overview of the Lions’ defensive philosophy and scheme before looking at the defensive tackles.

A Defensive Line in Transition
Take a look at my completely unofficial and totally subjective depth chart.
Only five D-line members return from the 2012 Week 17 active roster. Only three (Ndamukong Suh, Nick Fairley and Willie Young) were significant contributors. Then-rookie Ronnell Lewis played one snap on defense. Jimmy Saddler-McQueen and Ogemdi Nwagbuo were practice squad members.
Gone are DEs Kyle Vanden Bosch (unrestricted free agent), Cliff Avril (Seattle) and Lawrence Jackson (Minnesota). Also missing are DTs Corey Williams (UFA), Sammie Lee Hill (Tennessee) and ...

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