Morning Roar: Expectations for Ansah

ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- Ezekiel Ansah has not taken a snap during a team period under new coach Jim Caldwell, yet there are already expectations placed on the second-year defensive end.

Ansah won't play Friday night at Oakland as he continues to recover from offseason shoulder surgery and has yet to be fully cleared to participate in every portion of practice. When Ansah is ready to return, he'll slide right into the defensive end slot currently occupied by Devin Taylor, who will move over to compete for the other defensive end position.

That'll happen, in part, because of what Caldwell expects out of last season's first-round pick.

"He’s out there doing everything but the heavy contact stuff right now, so it won’t be long," Caldwell said. "He’s progressing, (and he’s a) big, strong man, he’s going to help us. He's either going to collapse the pocket with his size and strength or he’ll run around the offensive player and use his length to be an obstruction to the passer, and he’ll get some sacks for us, as well.

"He's a force."

One of the bigger issues for Ansah as he returns is he is learning the defense while his teammates are working on trying to refine what they already picked up during the spring and beginning of camp. For that reason, it would not be surprising to see Ansah participate more than normal in the final two preseason games against Jacksonville and at Buffalo.

Until then, Ansah will continue to play catch up to the rest of his teammates.

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