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DeAndre Levy | Linebacker

Team: Detroit Lions
Age / DOB:  (27) / 3/26/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 235
College: Wisconsin
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New Lions DC Teryl Austin is expected to employ DeAndre Levy as a strict weak-side linebacker.
Levy played the majority of his snaps on the weak side under coach Jim Schwartz and DC Gunther Cunningham last season, but moved around some and had a breakout campaign. He was a stud in coverage, reeling in six interceptions and breaking up 15 passes. With rookie Kyle Van Noy now in the picture on the strong side, Levy will man WILL with Stephen Tulloch at MIKE. Jul 2 - 2:17 PM

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Lions WLB DeAndre Levy was among the league's best linebackers in coverage this season.

While he struggled at times against the run, Levy recorded an impressive six interceptions and 15 passes defensed. Levy graded out as Pro Football Focus' No. 4 out of 132 qualifying linebackers in coverage for the 2013 regular season.
Feb 21 - 11:17 AM

Lions agreed to terms with WLB DeAndre Levy on a three-year contract.

Struggling through a hamstring injury last season, Levy graded out 41st among 43 qualifying 4-3 outside linebackers according to ProFootballFocus. He posted 81 tackles, no sacks, no forced fumbles and one interception. Still, the cap-strapped Lions apparently see him as an affordable complement to every-down MLB Stephen Tulloch. Free agent SLB Justin Durant now appears unlikely to be back in Detroit.
Wed, Mar 6, 2013 12:46:00 PM

Lions WLB DeAndre Levy (hamstring) is listed as doubtful for Week 8.

He'll be replaced by undersized special teamer Ashlee Palmer against the Seahawks, upgrading Marshawn Lynch's fantasy matchup. Levy had 37 tackles in Detroit's initial six games. The extent of his hamstring injury is unknown.
Fri, Oct 26, 2012 04:09:00 PM

Lions re-signed restricted free agent OLB DeAndre Levy to a one-year, $1.92 million contract.

Given the second-round tender, Levy plans to take part in offseason workouts beginning Monday. Among 4-3 linebackers, Pro Football Focus graded Levy slightly below average across the board in run support, coverage, and pass rushing efficiency last season. He's set to hit the open market in 2013.
Tue, Apr 10, 2012 07:06:00 PM

Lions OLB DeAndre Levy plans to sign his restricted free agent tender.

Levy was tendered at the second-round level, which would pay him $1.93 million next season. He's still penciled in at outside linebacker for now, but will be a candidate to shift to the middle if the Lions lose Stephen Tulloch in free agency.
Mon, Mar 12, 2012 05:37:00 PM

Lions tendered contracts to restricted free agents OLB DeAndre Levy, DT Sammie Lee Hill and OT Corey Hilliard.

Levy has been tendered at the second-round level ($1.93 million), while Hill and Hilliard drew original-round tenders ($1.26 million). Levy is coming off a 109 tackle age-24 season, and keeping him figures to be a priority for the Lions. He could be an in-house candidate to take over at middle linebacker if Stephen Tulloch is lost to free agency.
Mon, Mar 12, 2012 03:20:00 PM

Lions OLB DeAndre Levy left the locker room on crutches after Saturday's season-ending loss to the Saints.

Levy had a sleeve on his left leg after taking a hit from a helmet early in the game. Beat writer Dave Birkett calls it a "muscle bruise type of injury," so Levy should be fine with a full offseason to rest. A restricted free agent in 2012, Levy tallied 109 tackles in his age-24 season.
Sun, Jan 8, 2012 12:36:00 AM

Lions OLB DeAndre Levy leads the team in tackles with 36.

Despite a move from the middle to the weak side, Levy remains a tackling machine when healthy. He racked up a career-high 13 in Monday night's win over the Bears and had 10 tackles the week before that. Middle linebacker Stephen Tulloch is second on the team with 32 tackles.
Thu, Oct 13, 2011 11:36:00 AM

The Detroit Free Press confirms that DeAndre Levy has been moved to weak-side linebacker.

Stephen Tulloch has run as the starting middle linebacker all camp and will stay there. While Levy still has some IDP appeal on the weak side, he won't see near as many tackle chances as he could have in the middle. Tulloch, the league's second-leading tackler a year ago, figures to produce even more as he cleans up behind the Lions' potentially elite defensive line.
Thu, Aug 25, 2011 08:50:00 AM

Coach Jim Schwartz said he hasn't decided if DeAndre Levy or newly acquired Stephen Tulloch will play middle linebacker.

This is likely just another case of Schwartz treating his team like a covert CIA operation. Tulloch, an inside linebacker his entire life, will man the middle while Levy likely kicks to the strong side with Justin Durant at "Will."
Source: MLive.com
Tue, Aug 2, 2011 09:23:00 AM

DeAndre Levy has been lining up at middle linebacker during the first two days of Lions' training camp.

In other words, he's staying put. The prohibitive favorite to lead the Lions in tackles this season, Levy should be able to rack up big numbers behind Detroit's fearsome defensive live. He could be an IDP stud if he stays healthy.
Sat, Jul 30, 2011 04:58:00 PM

The Lions expect MLB DeAndre Levy to be their leading tackler this season.

As the Detroit News points out, Levy should be able to reach the 100-tackle plateau behind one of the best defensive lines in football. "We really like DeAndre," reiterated coach Jim Schwartz. "Hopefully we can get some more (players) like him." 2010 was supposed to be Levy's breakout year in IDP leagues, but injuries derailed it. He's a great post-hype sleeper.
Thu, Jun 16, 2011 11:35:00 AM

Coach Jim Schwartz confirmed that one of DeAndre Levy's strengths is "his ability to control the defense."

The Lions continue to drop hints that Levy will stick at middle linebacker. That could change if they land a thumper like Stephen Tulloch in free agency, but for now Levy remains a solid IDP target. He recorded 72 tackles, two interceptions and one touchdown in just 11 games last year.
Mon, May 16, 2011 10:36:00 AM

Lions LBs coach Matt Burke reiterated that the team intends to keep DeAndre Levy at middle linebacker.

"I believe that's going to be his role going forward, no doubt," Burke said. The Lions will likely pursue linebackers in free agency, but not to threaten Levy's spot in the middle. He'll be a good value selection in 2011 IDP drafts.
Thu, May 5, 2011 10:36:00 AM

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