Jeff Backus has been a polarizing figure in his time with the Detroit Lions. He’s been a mostly solid, but not elite, left tackle that struggled under Mike Martz. Those struggles combined with the tiresome losing made him one of the primary scapegoats at the end of the Matt Millen-era.
Fortunately, for Backus and the Lions, he’s been an asset at left tackle since that nightmare ended and has yet to miss a game in his 11-year career. A torn bicep muscle suffered in the playoff loss in New Orleans sent him to the operating table but Backus says his recovery is right on schedule:
Coming off surgery, it’s about working myself in. I feel great right now. There hasn’t been any setbacks or limitations, it’s just about getting stronger.
Some might think the Lions’ selection of Riley Reiff in the first round of last month’s draft would put pressure on Backus but he seems content to put in the work and see how the injury responds:
“The goal is to just get stronger, get my peck stronger and my bicep stronger and once I get into OTAs be smart about things and see how it goes.”
At this point there is no reason not to expect another iron man-like season from Backus. It’s good news for the Lions, too, who can work Riley Reiff in wherever he might be an upgrade over an incumbent until Backus is ready to pass the torch.