Riley Reiff looks ready to start as a rookie

AP

The Lions spent their first-round draft pick on Riley Reiff with the hope that he’ll succeed Jeff Backus as their starting left tackle after a year or two as their starting right tackle. So far they think he appears ready to follow that path.

Lions offensive coordinator Scott Linehan isn’t ready to say that Reiff will supplant Gosder Cherilus at right tackle — or when he might supplant Backus at left tackle — but all indications are that Reiff is ready to be a starter.

“It’s still early to say who’s going to play where,” Linehan said. “But Riley’s on track to play a lot of football for us really early. He’s an exceptional talent, and he’s a great kid. He’s going to really help us on our offensive line. Where he ends up this year really hasn’t been determined yet. But we’re just happy with what we’ve seen so far. We think he’s going to be a heck of a player.”

Detroit head coach Jim Schwartz noted that it’s tough to evaluate linemen in non-contact Organized Team Activities, but that Reiff seems to be picking things up quickly.

He’s done very good in the classroom; he’s a quick study; he’s also very good in the weight room and in his individual drills,” Schwartz said of Reiff. “When you really think about the process now for OTAs, it’s installation, so learning the offense or defense, whatever you have to learn, but also individual improvement.”

If Reiff continues to improve for another three months, he should be in the starting lineup in Week One. And, the Lions hope, for several years after that.

18 responses to “Riley Reiff looks ready to start as a rookie

  1. It was really surprising that Reiff and DeCastro fell all the way to the mid 20’s.

    But I guess that kind of thing happens every year: the bad teams screw things up reaching at the top of the draft while the playoff teams just sit there and wait for solid players to fall to them in the 20’s.

  2. Short armed tackles like Riley Reiff’s former teammate Brian Bulaga have always found success on the left side of the line (sarcasm). Stafford better hope this guy stays on the right and they eventually get a real left tackle.

  3. randallflagg52 says:
    Jun 5, 2012 10:14 AM
    Short armed tackles like Riley Reiff’s former teammate Brian Bulaga have always found success on the left side of the line (sarcasm). Stafford better hope this guy stays on the right and they eventually get a real left tackle
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    Bulaga never played or was considered to be a LT in the NFL. He will, however, be an All-Pro RT soon.

  4. @spellingcops: Disgusting hot summer? That sucks for you. Just chalk it up to another reason why California is the best, mainly So. Cal.

    I’ve been to the sweltering jungles of Sumatra, but nothing was worse than the heat/humidity I felt in Boston in summer. What a nightmare! Then snow and miserable cold weather in the winter??

    Nah, 72* and partly cloudy is how I like my weather. Some 9balls grandma used to say:” California is the land of fruits and nuts”, and she was right. But in terms of weather, nothing beats it.

    Winter is for suckers. Sweltering summers is for those who don’t know any better.

    I am very thankful for being a 4th generation (non-hispanic) Californian- I don’t have to deal with suspect weather, just a regular influx of transplants looking for the goods.

  5. Drafting this kid was a breath of fresh air for the oline,good news!…i have to agree with spellingcops,i live in a state with bad humitity and cant stand it in the summer.

    Movin to colorado as soon as I can:)

  6. randallflagg52 says:
    Jun 5, 2012 10:14 AM
    Short armed tackles like Riley Reiff’s former teammate Brian Bulaga have always found success on the left side of the line (sarcasm). Stafford better hope this guy stays on the right and they eventually get a real left tackle
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    Reiff’s arms are longer than both Joe Thomas and Jake Long. Also, wrestlers tend to do well at tackle cuz they stay low by bending their knees as opposed to the waist.

  7. staffordsyear says:
    Jun 5, 2012 3:30 PM
    …i have to agree with spellingcops,i live in a state with bad humitity and cant stand it in the summer.

    Movin to colorado as soon as I can:)
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    Colorado rocks, come on out!!!!!

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