Detroit Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley has had a very outspoken offseason so far. First, he predicted that the Lions would win the NFC Championship and go to the Super Bowl.
Now is declaring that Ndamukong Suh and himself make up the best defensive tackle duo in the NFL.
“Of course,” Fairley told the Lion’s website. “We’re going to give guys trouble, man. It’s like pick your poison this year with our defensive line. You cannot come in and double-team Ndamukong and you can’t come in and double-team me.”
The Detroit Lions bolstered their defensive front by drafting defensive end Ezekiel Ansah in the first round. It does give them a formidable front line loaded with first round draft picks, except for Jason Jones who was drafted in the 2nd round. Assuming that everyone played up to their potential they’d certainly have their hands full.
“You won’t be able to double-team Ziggy (Ansah) or Jason Jones or Willie (Young). You have to pick who you’re going to bring your back to chip. We’re going to feed off each other, and when we get that chemistry down, it’s going to look real good for us.”
I don’t think anyone would be too worried about initially rookie defensive end Ezekiel Ansah. But the rest of the line could present enough problems that he could take advantage of the lack of attention.
The biggest thing for Fairley though is staying healthy. He had an injury plagued first season but had a strong finish to his second season.
“I’m where I want to be coming into OTAs and minicamp and everything, which right now is at 315,” Fairley said. “We still have two months before training camp, but I think I’m at where I want to be.”
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