ALLEN PARK, Mich. – The Detroit Lions invested in their offensive line during the NFL draft, spending a bunch of early picks in hopes of better protecting quarterback Matthew Stafford in the future than he has been the past couple of seasons.
Included in that was first-round pick Taylor Decker, an offensive tackle who will likely play somewhere on Detroit’s line this season. Where? That’s still an open question.
“My expectation right now is the fact that I’m going to go out today, work with the guys that we’re working with and get our guys ready to go,” Lions coach Jim Caldwell said. “We’re not making any pronouncements at this particular point in time.”
Caldwell would not say whether he believes Decker or incumbent Riley Reiff would be the franchise’s left tackle this season. Caldwell wouldn’t say much about Decker at all. Not surprisingly, Caldwell said no jobs would be won during rookie minicamp this weekend, although the reality is there could be undrafted free agent movement after the weekend with players signed this past week and unnamed players trying out this weekend trying to unseat them.
No one will be unseating Decker from the roster, though, and he’s likely going to be in line for a big role once training camp shakes out in July and August. But for now, Caldwell was not ready to make any claims as to what Decker’s immediate future will look like in Detroit.
“Like most positions that we have, we want to really find out what they’re all about from a physical standpoint within our system,” Caldwell said. “We certainly know outside of it, so we’ll work fundamentals, techniques. Most of those guys are guys that have some flexibility involved in what they do and how they do it, and you have to at that position. So, we want to see.
“You know, it’s kind of an opportunity for us to get a real good feel for these guys and that’s going to take us a little while.”