Lions rookie OT Riley Reiff on track to play 'really early'
With first-round draft pick Riley Reiff, an offensive tackle, there are two questions: Where will he line up and when will that happen?
The where is still up in the air, but sooner rather than later seems to be the answer for when.
“Riley is on track to play a lot of football for us really early,’’ offensive coordinator Scott Linehan said. “He’s an exceptional talent, he’s a great kid, he’s going to really help us on the offensive line.
“Where he ends up this year hasn’t been determined yet, but we’re just happy with what we’ve seen so far. We think he’s going to be a heck of a player,’’ Linehan added.
Reiff has lined up at left and right tackle during rookie camp and the organized team activities.
When Reiff was drafted, it was assumed that he would eventually take over the left tackle position for Jeff Backus who is 34.
But Backus is having a good offseason coming back from biceps surgery.
“He never, from the end of the season until now, he never left this building. He was in here rehabbing and getting himself back out there,’’ Linehan said. “... He’s been out there doing pretty much everything.’’
Like Linehan pointed out the offensive line is entering its fourth season together with the exception of left guard Rob Sims who will return for his third season.
“With that added depth and competition, we’re just going to be a better football team because we’ve added some good young players and getting (Jason) Fox back healthy and obviously we drafted Riley,’’ Linehan said. “I really feel good about that group. The way the group has progressed and played in our three years, going on four now.’’
One thing is for sure, all eyes will be on the offensive line during training camp.
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