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Detroit Lions Face Decisions Regarding Riley Reiff

One of the story lines I’m finding most intriguing during Detroit Lions training camp is what Riley Reiff’s role will be during his rookie year. It’s a subject I discussed in my weekly article for the Detroit Free Press at

Here is an excerpt followed by the link to read the rest of this week’s article:

The Detroit Lions re-signed Jeff Backus this off-season to be their starting left tackle for now and drafted Riley Reiff to be their left tackle of the future. That much is clear. What isn’t so clear is what Reiff’s role will be during his rookie season.

Reiff saw extended action at left tackle Friday night against the Browns after Backus exited the game. It is the only position he played that night but he has been getting some reps in at right tackle and guard during practice.

Should Gosder Cherilus, Stephen Peterman or Rob Sims be nervous? That remains to be seen, but it sets up an interesting dynamic with a series of scenarios that need sorting.

Read the rest of my article at

Give it a read and feel free to leave a comment here or on the Free Press page to let me know what you think.

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