Ziggy Ansah ignited the Ford Field crowd when he intercepted a Mark Sanchez pass and scored it from about 20 yards out. It was an early spark for a defense that struggled most of last season and a welcome sign of things to come for the rookie from BYU.
Ansah was a risky pick for Martin Mayhew so early in the first round. A risk Mayhew couldn’t afford to take after the Lions 4-12 finish in 2012. The criticism of Ziggy Ansah before the draft was that he was raw and lacking organized football experience but Marin Mayhew saw the potential in Ansah and made him the 5th overall pick. Mayhew’s gamble seems to be paying early dividends as Ziggy Ansah looked impressive in his NFL preseason debut.
The Detroit defense had trouble getting to the quarterback last season ranking 20th in sacks. Ziggy Anshs great defensive play was an interception, not a sack. Ansah is a defensive end, not a linebacker or defensive back. Not to minimize his athletic scoring play but he needs to show he can rush the passer. Will Ansah be able to apply enough pressure on the end to free up Nadamukong Suh and Nick Farley on the inside? If that can happen then the Lions defensive line has a chance to be a dominate force.