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Ndamukong Suh, Nick Fairley looking better than ever

Ndamukong Suh, Nick Fairley AP

The early word out of Lions camp is that defensive tackles Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley look the best they’ve ever looked.

Lions coach Jim Schwartz said the whole team is in good shape, with everyone passing the conditioning test, but he pointed to Suh in particular as a player who made the test look like a joke, it was so easy for him.

“Ndamukong’s always been the guy that’s been in great shape, but I think he took it to a different level this year,” Schwartz said. “Quite honestly, he made a mockery of the conditioning test. He really did. Calvin [Johnson] does that every year, too. Calvin can run his times and barely even break a sweat, and I think that’s what those great athletes do. Ndamukong did that.”

Schwartz also had praise for Fairley, who lost weight during the time off between minicamp and training camp.

“I’ll tell you what, he’s really impressive from where he left here at the end of mini-camp to his report,” Schwartz said of Fairley. “You know people make TV shows about Extreme Makeover and stuff like that and I like where he is right now. He’s worked very hard in five weeks or six weeks whatever it was where he was gone and reported in great shape. His weight was done and he just needs to stay on that track. We’ve talked about how talented he his but it’s been more about availability thing with him rather than a talent thing. And it looks like he’s taken it very seriously. I’m proud of him for doing it.”

Fairley said in May that he considers himself and Suh the best defensive tackle pair in the league. They’re putting in the work to back up that talk.

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36 Responses to “Ndamukong Suh, Nick Fairley looking better than ever”
  1. lionsdraftguy says: Jul 28, 2013 12:37 PM

    One of the best DT combos in the NFL.

    Ok…now the guys who wish they had them on their team are going to speak and talk trash.

  2. aaronfraudgers says: Jul 28, 2013 12:39 PM

    These guys are gonna be a force to be reckoned with for years to come. Just when you think getting body slammed by Ndamukong Suh is bad enough, here comes Nick Fairley to deliver a vicious blow to the ribs after the whistle was already blown.

  3. 15starr says: Jul 28, 2013 12:41 PM

    Suh by himself is the best pair of defensive tackles in the league

  4. helloanybodyhome says: Jul 28, 2013 12:44 PM

    Detroit was 16th against the rush last year, 4.5 yds per carry & tied for 18th giving up 13 rushing tds.
    The stats don’t match Fairley’s assessment.

  5. beedubyatoo says: Jul 28, 2013 12:45 PM

    I say wait until they play some regular season games before declaring them superstars.

    Lions have a way of making great players look average because of the other players who surround them

  6. craniator says: Jul 28, 2013 12:51 PM

    In many ways , these guys remind me of the Buffalo Bills of the early 90′s — they were a bad team for a long time and accumulated a lot of high draft picks. Those premium picks have formed a young core of good players , and with a few more additions , this team should be primed to go deep into playoffs for the next several years.
    Hopefully , Detroit’s long suffering football fans will have something to cheer about this season. I know one thing: they’ve got a great running back in Reggie Bush.

  7. brendanragan says: Jul 28, 2013 12:52 PM

    Even the best DTs will get neutralized when there is no outside pass rush. So good luck with all the double teams, boys.

  8. htotheb says: Jul 28, 2013 12:57 PM

    more like the dirtiest DT combo in the league.

  9. moosewolsey says: Jul 28, 2013 12:59 PM

    Don’t forget about Israel Idonije and the rest of the rotation at DL in Detroit. Being a Packer fan, I have to respect what Detroit has done to get better.

  10. 1newprodigy says: Jul 28, 2013 1:02 PM

    They are pretty good, but geno sackins is better than the 2 put together.

  11. bloomer006999999 says: Jul 28, 2013 1:04 PM

    Ndamukong Suh … most OVERRATED player in the NFL, aside from Sharon Rodgers.

    AP will, again run wild all over these Guys.

    Next story.

  12. ravenmuscle says: Jul 28, 2013 1:10 PM

    Problem is that Fairley will be making all the tackles while Suh is kicking the other team’s quarterback in the groin.

  13. bart3976 says: Jul 28, 2013 1:22 PM

    Would take Gerald McCoy or Henry Melton over those two, any day.

  14. skoobyfl says: Jul 28, 2013 1:24 PM

    The Bills were really stacked with talent, great view there.

  15. sterlingrodgers says: Jul 28, 2013 1:31 PM

    Detroit has a very talented squad, on paper. Let’s see if they can climb back to .500 this year.

  16. rhodeislandpatriotsfan says: Jul 28, 2013 1:41 PM

    The Detroit Lions may look good on paper, but judging by their record last year, the Lions resemble a paper tiger. Indeed, Detroit’s 4-12 (.250 PCT) record in 2012 wasn’t much better than their 0-16 (.000 PCT) record in 2008, when they were arguably the worst team in NFL history. In the words of Bill Parcells, “You are what your record says you are.”

  17. caseymasterpiece says: Jul 28, 2013 1:43 PM

    Who got arrested?? Oh sorry, threw me off. Used to reading police records about the Lions. My bad!!

  18. anywho123 says: Jul 28, 2013 1:45 PM

    And the the season begins, and the Detroit Balloon Pops again!

    They aren’t called the Ly’ons for nothing…

  19. realdealsteel says: Jul 28, 2013 1:51 PM

    Seeing is believing. That’s all talk…show it to me on the field.

    I’ll check back after the first 7-8 games and then we’ll see how true this really is.

  20. th56 says: Jul 28, 2013 1:52 PM

    I predict that the Lions will again be the NFL pre-season champions.

  21. johnelwayishorsefaced says: Jul 28, 2013 1:52 PM

    Can’t wait for the season to start.
    All you internet tough guys will be instantly silenced when your team gets destroyed by the Lions.

  22. riverace19 says: Jul 28, 2013 2:03 PM

    Lions going nowhere with idiot coach Schwartz. Yah the DT’s look good. Good enough to ram into a brick wall in a dead end alley.

  23. liontuss says: Jul 28, 2013 2:14 PM

    Best Lions team since 91. Except now we have a real QB.

  24. koolaidcircusbeast says: Jul 28, 2013 2:36 PM

    It would take a celebrity stylist, tons of make-up, and a helluva plastic surgeon to make these two uglies look better than ever.

  25. ghand57 says: Jul 28, 2013 2:56 PM

    Maybe they can get 5 wins this year now….

  26. bballnut50 says: Jul 28, 2013 3:08 PM

    best pair of tackles for all the 4-12 teams in the league, SKOL

  27. detroitrollin22 says: Jul 28, 2013 3:47 PM

    The Lions needed last season to play out the way it did. Sometimes the best thing in life is to be humbled. So far this offseason, I’ve seen nothing but maturity and leadership from this team.

  28. ricardocabeza says: Jul 28, 2013 3:51 PM

    It takes a lot of hard work to practice moves that cause life long problems and career ending injuries. Gotta keep in shape to play dirty ball.

  29. junkfooddaddy says: Jul 28, 2013 3:52 PM

    Me and Suh make for a good set of tackles too

  30. dino2997 says: Jul 28, 2013 3:53 PM

    Of course they look better than ever. The season hasn’t started yet.

  31. ososrule says: Jul 28, 2013 6:56 PM

    Suh is a classless, abusive and dirty football player. Don’t buy into these ridiculous nad pumping articles. Lions were 4-12 last year and Suh had how many unnecessary’s…..

  32. foosball1984 says: Jul 28, 2013 8:06 PM

    their not bad, but geno atkins and domato peko are a better pair who compliment each other better

  33. busterhighmann says: Jul 29, 2013 2:53 AM

    Beasts. Still have to prove it on the gridiron.

  34. Laura says: Jul 29, 2013 11:31 AM

    ososrule says: Jul 28, 2013 6:56 PM

    Suh is a classless, abusive and dirty football player. Don’t buy into these ridiculous nad pumping articles. Lions were 4-12 last year and Suh had how many unnecessary’s…..
    ___________________________
    One (an “unnecessary roughness” penalty for shoving Aaron Rodgers too hard Week 14, just like he shoved Jay Cutler so hard between the shoulders that Ed Hochuli thought it was a blow to the head and flagged it).

    And you were saying?

  35. jimmylions says: Jul 29, 2013 11:51 AM

    Zeke Ansah is a pure outside speed rusher, and these two will help make his job look easy. I’m also less concerned about the DBs this year than I have been in many years.

    I wish we still had Chris Speilman at LB to plug up holes against the run, but that guy was one of a kind.

  36. lionslady137 says: Jul 29, 2013 9:19 PM

    Hey Lions fans! Isn’t it funny that all these GB, Chi and Minn and various fans wanna spend their time reading about us? LOL Thanks for showing us how important we really are!

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