Jul 27, 2013; Allen Park, MI, USA; Detroit Lions offensive tackle LaAdrian Waddle (66) during training camp at the Detroit Lions training facility. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports
As a columnist for Bleacher Report, I predicted at the advent of training camp that undrafted OT LaAdrian Waddle would compete to be a solid reserve—and potential future starter—at right tackle.
Waddle has performed so well thus far, he looks to already have a death grip on a roster spot.
Whether that’s more a sign of a thin offensive line or a great performance by Waddle is a matter of perspective, but it’s hard to be anything but satisfied with what Waddle has done thus far.
Still, Waddle hasn’t made the team yet, and he should get lots of playing time against the Bills. If he starts taking his roster spot for granted now, it won’t be granted.
However, at this point, making the team shouldn’t be Waddle’s primary concern. At this point, he’s playing to see how high he can reach on the depth chart. Don’t be surprised if the eventual winner of the Lions’ right tackle spot (Jason Fox, probably) hears Waddle’s improved footwork coming up behind him by the end of this season.