Three reasons Nick Fairley needs to prove himself this season
Expectations are high for Nick Fairley entering his second season. His rookie season was a disappointment. After he broke his foot in training camp, he was never a full-go.
Three reasons he needs to prove himself this season.
1. After a pair of arrests within a month (marijuana possession, suspicion of drunk driving), he has to prove to the coaching staff and management that he has grown up. They have his back even after two arrests, but he’s got to stay clean now. Coach Jim Schwartz said he’s on a program and must stick with it.
2. Fairley got off to a good start in the Organized Team Activities and the mandatory minicamp. GM Martin Mayhew listed him as one of three standout players (along with Willie Young and Jahvid Best). He has to continue that when training camp starts on July 27.
3. Remember he was a first-round pick, so much is expected. While it’s expected Corey Williams and Ndamukong Suh will start at defensive tackle, look for some new looks on the line this season. Suh is expected to line up on the end more than last season. Plus the tackles are rotated in and out regularly so they’ll remain fresh. Fairley could play a huge role, he just has to earn it.
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