Dec. 16, 2012; Glendale, AZ, USA: Detroit Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. The Cardinals defeated the Lions 38-10. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

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What Hides Behind that Smile
Joe Fortenbaugh – National Football Post

The first thing I noticed was that thousand-watt smile. Its radiance brightened the room in a way that I had never witnessed prior nor encountered since. Two rows of pearly whites stretching from ear to ear accompanying a firm handshake and the greeting, “I’m Titus Young. It’s nice to meet you.”

Nick Fairley sees Super future for Lions
Terry Foster – Detroit News

Nick Fairley studies Reggie White’s club move that carried him to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

He watches Warren Sapp, too.

He envisions himself doing the Sapp twist move or the White club.

And, Fairley plans on using these techniques to not only justify himself as a top-100 player, but to make the Lions great.

Study shows Detroit Lions’ Mikel Leshoure faced eight defenders in the box fewer than any other running back
Justin Rogers – MLive.com

It’s fair to say the Detroit Lions’ ground game was disappointing last season. The team finished 18th in the NFL with 4.1 yards per carry, largely hindered by the inability to break big plays.

In 2012, the Lions finished last in the league, with just four runs of 20 yards or longer.

5 Players the Detroit Lions Will Regret Passing on in the 2013 NFL Draft
Chris Madden – Bleacher Report

Former BYU phenom Ezekiel Ansah was the Detroit Lions’ top pick in this year’s draft, and while his potential is intriguing, his boom-or-bust status is scary for a team trying to improve upon a disappointing 4-12 season.

That begs the question: Was there a better selection for the Lions to make at No. 5?

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