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Nick Fairley down to 305 pounds, back in starting lineup

Nick Fairley AP

The Lions released their first depth chart since the cut to 53 players on Monday and there was a change at defensive tackle.

Nick Fairley has returned to the first team after being dropped to the second rung during camp in favor of C.J. Mosley. Fairley’s ballooning waistline was given as the reason for the switch, but Fairley has reversed the trend of late. He said being benched “opened my eyes up” and he hired a chef to provide him with a week’s worth of healthier meals that he’s eaten while dropping back down to 305 pounds after getting as high as 320 earlier in camp.

“I feel a whole lot better just by not putting that bad stuff in my body,” Fairley said, via the Detroit Free Press. “You feel the energy, you feel it out there at practice.”

Fairley said he didnt think being heavier compromised his play too much, although he did say it hurt his consistency and it doesn’t seem like a coincidence that Fairley’s play picked up as he got healthier over the course of the preseason. That’s a good development for the Lions defense, which needs a productive Fairley to reach their optimal level of play. If the get that, it will work out well for Fairley too as he can become a free agent after the team declined its fifth-year option on his contract.

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13 Responses to “Nick Fairley down to 305 pounds, back in starting lineup”
  1. polegojim says: Sep 2, 2014 8:49 AM

    He’s at least right about that… the weight was only part of the problem.

    Now he needs to fix his head and decide to be an ‘every down’ player. Chef can’t help with that, only he can.

  2. calhounlambeau says: Sep 2, 2014 9:12 AM

    Once he gets paid he will balloon back to 330.

  3. ocdn says: Sep 2, 2014 9:27 AM

    You’d think not having your 5th year option picked up would be all the incentive you’d need to control your weight and play at a high level, let alone stay on the first team.

  4. ragnarthemagnificent says: Sep 2, 2014 9:39 AM

    Look out 4th place in the NFC

  5. yesrowntreeyesgrosvener says: Sep 2, 2014 9:42 AM

    He couldn’t stay in shape during his contract year? If a team gives him big money next year, they deserve what they get. We’ve all seen this story many times.

  6. harrisonhits2 says: Sep 2, 2014 9:46 AM

    Wow an nfl player actually doing something smart with a tiny portion of his money to further his career.

  7. chinahand11 says: Sep 2, 2014 10:20 AM

    I wonder what he’ll look like 2 years after he retires. Circus fat, maybe?

  8. buzzardpointlookout says: Sep 2, 2014 10:24 AM

    Great talent. Too Haynesworthian for his own good, though.

  9. uncletuna says: Sep 2, 2014 11:02 AM

    Some boys, well, you just have to keep ‘em on a year-by-year contract…

  10. detroit09 says: Sep 2, 2014 11:17 AM

    Nick reported to camp at 295 I believe. Coaches told him to go bulk up.
    I cant believe they wouldn’t monitor his eating. Guy that size must have trouble staying within such a tight weight range.

  11. purpleguy says: Sep 2, 2014 11:19 AM

    An NFL player shouldn’t require a demotion to the second team as motivation to do what he should have done in the first place.

  12. The Buffer Zone says: Sep 3, 2014 6:54 AM

    C.J. Mosley not only plays Middle Linebacker, he also plays for the Ravens.

    That must’ve been a real blow to be stuck behind him on the depth chart.

  13. calvinthegreat81 says: Sep 3, 2014 11:06 PM

    Fairley is the man and will no doubt. Have a career year.

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