Late last week at Allen Park, Lions guard Rick DeMulling warned that the Lions offensive line would…
Offensive Tackle Position Open For Competition
Victor Rogers, a seventh-round pick in the 2002 draft who finally got some playing time at the end of the 2004 season, is among those lining up for a shot at the job.
So is Kelly Butler, fourth-round pick in the 2004 draft who was inactive for the first 15 games of his rookie season and did not play in the 16th. And the Lions signed former San Francisco lineman Kyle Kosier, just in case neither of their own young players is able to handle the job.
As it stands now, less than three weeks from the start of training camp, it appears the three will be part of the Lions most spirited competition going into the NFL season.
Butler got most of the work at right tackle during the recently-completed minicamps but it remains uncertain if coach Steve Mariucci had him there because he's the early leader in the competition or because Mariucci wanted to give him enough early reps to enable him to compete on a level playing field.
Rogers worked primarily at left tackle, presumably as a backup to Jeff Backus, and Kosier saw action in a variety of positions. So, where does the competition stand?
"Kyle Kosier has been a starter at the left tackle spot or guard or right tackle," Mariucci said. "Kelly Butler (got) a lot of snaps at the right tackle spot. We're going to be moving guys around. Kelly red-shirted last year so he needs all of the snaps he can get."
The apparently means the position will be decided on the field in August.
LionsReport.com Recommended Stories
Dr. Roto Video: Waiver Wire Wednesday
Dr. Roto believes Miami Dolphins WR Jarvis Landry will overtake WR Brian Hartline as the team's No. 2 receiver sooner rather than later. Stay ahead of the curve with Dr. Roto!Read More
Giants Strike First In Game One Rout
The San Francisco Giants came out swinging in Game One of the 2014 World Series, scoring three times in the first inning and never looking back.Read More
Three of earth’s best ingredients combined into one succulent strip. Tailgaters will bow in appreciation.Read More
National Anthem Played with a Gun!
Musical targets? Yes, this guy plays the national anthem while shooting musical targets.Read More
Late Season Eastern Steel
NAFC friend, Frank Scalish, is best known for his achievements as a professional bass fisherman, but when the weather cools, the tourneys are over and the last bass has been weighed, he dons waders,…Read More