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Riley Reiff Ready To "Step Into Starter's Role" For Lions



According to Detroit Lions official website lead writer Tim Twentymen, offensive tackle Riley Reiff has found a home in the Metro Detroit area, allowing him to be closer to the Lions team facility’s. His appeared desire to take over on Matthew Stafford’s blindside is encouraging, following Jeff Backus’ retirement, but do the Lions feel comfortable at left tackle heading into April’s draft?

In MLives latest reader draft poll on who the Lions should select in the first round of April’s draft, the early favorite was Dee Milliner. Following the Lions re-signing of cornerback Chris Houston and the loss of offensive tackles  Gosder Cherilus and Jeff Backus, the tone has shifted towards Central Michigan left tackle Eric Fisher.

Whether or not the Lions select an offensive tackle next month, that’s not stopping Reiff.

“It would be nice to know if you’re playing an exact position, but you have to earn that,” Reiff told “I can play guard or tackle. I just want to help the team any way I can if it’s right guard, right tackle, left tackle, whatever it is.

“I’m just ready to step up full time now and be the player they drafted me to be.”

Whether the Lions use their upcoming draft pick on a left tackle or not, one things for certain; Reiff will start somewhere along the Lions offensive line.

“On the one hand, it’s great he can play so many positions,” Detroit Lions general manager Martin Mayhew said of Reiff to “On the other hand, it’s really causing a problem because he probably wants to know where he plays more than anybody else so he can start preparing himself mentally for that.

“I guess we’ll have to wait and see. I can see him at left tackle, but we’ll have to wait and see how things go.”

As April’s draft looms, so too will Reiff’s future for the Lions moving forward.



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