Is Tyrell Crosby the Lions long-term answer at right tackle?

Detroit Lions offensive tackle Tyrell Crosby (Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports)
Detroit Lions offensive tackle Tyrell Crosby (Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports) /

The Detroit Lions might have their right tackle of the future in Tyrell Crosby

The Detroit Lions offensive line has been up and down this entire season. They’ve use three different starting lineups and a lot of debate has been strung up on who should start where.

General manager Bob Quinn spent a lot of money on right tackle Halapoulivaati Vaitai in the off-season. There seems to be some sort obligation towards giving him playing time. However, right tackle Tyrell Crosby has been the better of the two.

In fact, he’s has been good enough to push Vaitai to right guard. At first, Vaitai was playing the position because of an injury to guard Joe Dahl. Crosby stepped in and took over. In week eight, the Lions attempted to move Vaitai back to right tackle, but went back to Crosby in the following week.

In eight starts, Crosby has only allowed a total of three sacks in 283 pass blocking snaps. He’s also very disciplined, having one single penalty since week two. Vaitai was brought in to help with run blocking, but both players grade similarly in that area.

Not to mention, he recently turned 25 years old and has yet to hit his prime. His play has been very encouraging this season and has been one of the very few bright spots on this football team.

The Detroit Lions’ young offensive should remain untouched

Regardless of the future for the Detroit Lions, they should continue with Taylor Decker and Crosby as their offensive tackles. Center Frank Ragnow and guard Jonah Jackson should also be planted firmly at their spots.

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If we see a rebuild come next season, the Detroit Lions’ offensive line is one position group that shouldn’t be touched. It’s already a very young unit, with the average age of only 25.