You can be forgiven if you’ve never heard of Detroit Lions defensive tackle Landon Cohen. He’s not exactly a household name, outside his own household.
But Cohen started four games at defensive tackle for the Lions last season, and he says he thinks he can earn a starting job this year — even though he’s going to be competing with the second overall pick in the draft, Ndamukong Suh.
“I love it,” Cohen said of competing with Suh in training camp, per the Detroit Free Press. “I love competition, man. I always say I never lost a fight in my life. I’m excited about the competition, and I think it’s going to bring the best out of all of us.”
Barring an injury or a lengthy contract holdout, Suh would have to be a huge disappointment in training camp and the preseason not to enter Week One as a starter. Maybe Cohen hasn’t lost a fight before, but he’s probably going to lose his fight for playing time with Suh.
But give Cohen credit for having the right attitude: He has to approach training camp as though he’s competing for a starting job, even though he’s more likely to get cut than he is to exit camp ahead of Suh on the depth chart.