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Riley Reiff | Tackle | #71

Team: Detroit Lions
Age / DOB:  (28) / 12/1/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'6' / 305
College: Iowa
Drafted: 2012 / Rd. 1 (23) / DET
Contract: view contract details

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Lions RT Riley Reiff (illness) is expected to return after the bye week.
Reiff sat out last week because of an illness, but he should be good to go after the bye week. Reiff has struggled a bit on the right side this season, but his return will still be a boost. Nov 8 - 10:25 AM

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Lions RT Riley Reiff (illness) has been ruled out for Week 9.

Reiff was initially listed as questionable. His absence is a downgrade in pass protection. Corey Robinson is expected to start in his place.
Nov 5 - 5:17 PM

The Detroit Free Press' Dave Birkett said Riley Reiff "seems like a natural right tackle."

The starter at left tackle the last three seasons, the Lions have seemingly always envisioned Reiff as a better fit on the right side. The selection of Taylor Decker in the first round finally allowed them to make the switch, and Reiff has reportedly shown well in his new position. If RG Larry Warford can rebound, the right side of the offensive line should be much improved this year.
Aug 11 - 8:52 AM

Lions coach Jim Caldwell said Riley Reiff is adjusting well to right tackle.

Reiff has been the starting left tackle since 2013, but he will cede the job to first-round pick Taylor Decker this season. "He's been great. He'll adapt and adjust," Caldwell said. "I'm certainly pleased with where he is right now." Reiff was a steady if not spectacular player on the left side, and he might be an even better fit at right tackle. If Decker can make a quick transition to the pros, the Lions should be much stronger at tackle this season.
Jun 6 - 11:31 AM

The Detroit Free Press' Dave Birkett said "in all likelihood" Riley Reiff will remain the Lions' left tackle this season.

The Lions want to move Reiff to the right side, but they struck out in free agency and are not in a good position to land a left tackle in the draft. Notre Dame's Ronnie Stanley will almost certainly be gone by pick No. 16, and Michigan State's Jack Conklin and Ohio State's Taylor Decker are better suited at right tackle. It is very likely Reiff plays out the final year of his rookie deal on the left side.
Apr 11 - 11:30 AM

Lions GM Bob Quinn said Riley Reiff remains the team's left tackle "as of right now."

"You know, free agency isn’t over, the draft hasn’t even started," Quinn continued. "There are multiple avenues to add players at not just the offensive line position, but all the other positions." The Lions clearly want to move Reiff to right tackle, but they have yet to find a capable replacement. That could change in the draft.
Mar 24 - 10:10 AM

According to the Detroit Free Press, "some in the organization" believe LT Riley Reiff needs to be moved to right tackle.

By "some", we assume it's the higher-up decision makers after the Lions were one of the finalists to sign LT Russell Okung before he picked the Broncos on Thursday. Reiff was a big culprit on a Detroit offensive line that surrendered 44 sacks last season. Unless the Lions can swing a trade or use a high draft pick on one, it appears Reiff is headed back to left tackle this season.
Mar 18 - 9:34 AM

Lions GM Bob Quinn said LT Riley Reiff will be back with the team this season.

Reiff carries an $8.07 million cap number in the final year of his rookie deal, and the Lions can clear all of it off the books if they release him. But without an in-house replacement, it doesn't make sense. Reiff struggled badly in pass protection last season and could be moved to guard or even right tackle if the Lions can find an upgrade on Matthew Stafford's blind side.
Feb 24 - 1:41 PM

Lions OC Joe Lombardi said the plan is for Riley Reiff to stay at left tackle.

There was some talk Reiff could move to the right side or inside, but the Lions failed to find a replacement in free agency or the draft. After moving on from C Dominic Raiola and spending a first-round pick on LG Laken Tomlinson, the Lions project to have an improved offensive line in 2015.
Sat, May 2, 2015 03:34:00 PM

Lions GM Martin Mayhew confirmed Friday he is "very comfortable" with Riley Reiff staying at left tackle.

There has been speculation Reiff might change positions, but it isn't due to his on-field play. Reiff had some hiccups on the blind side in 2013, but improved markedly last season, earning positive grades across the board from Pro Football Focus. PFF charged Reiff with just two sacks allowed in 2014.
Fri, Apr 24, 2015 01:42:00 PM

The Lions will exercise LT Riley Reiff's fifth-year team option for 2016, valued at $8.07 million.

Detroit had been on the fence, but it just made too much sense to pick up the option. It's guaranteed for injury only, so the Lions could move on from Reiff if they're unsatisfied with his play this season. It remains to be seen whether Reiff will stick on the left side or shift over to right tackle in 2015.
Fri, Apr 24, 2015 11:48:00 AM

The Lions have not decided whether to exercise OT Riley Reiff's fifth-year option.

Reiff has been serviceable the last two seasons, starting 32-of-33 games on Matthew Stafford's blindside. He would make $7.5 million if the Lions pick up his option. Detroit has until May 3 to extend Reiff.
Wed, Apr 8, 2015 05:32:00 PM

Lions OL Riley Reiff will remain at tackle for 2015, but coach Jim Caldwell is undecided which side he'll play.

Some teams viewed Reiff as a guard in the 2012 draft, and there's been renewed speculation he'll be kicked inside. Caldwell says it's not happening. "He can play left (tackle) for us, and he played it very well, have no problems with that. He can play right for us and would play it very well. He's that kind of guy." Reiff has been solid, but not elite, in two years on Matthew Stafford's blindside. Were Reiff to be replaced at left tackle, it would likely be via the draft, but Cornelius Lucas and LaAdrian Waddle are two in-house options.
Thu, Mar 26, 2015 01:31:00 PM

Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official website expects OT Riley Reiff's fifth-year option to be picked up.

The fifth-year team option is equal to the average of the 25 highest-paid players at the position, roughly $7.5M in Reiff's case. It's a reasonable deal for a player that has started 32-of-33 possible games the last two years (including playoffs), producing at a serviceable level on Matthew Stafford's blind side.
Tue, Mar 24, 2015 11:41:00 AM

Lions GM Martin Mayhew said OT Riley Reiff is not "locked in" at left tackle.

"We’ll see how the offseason goes," Mayhew said. "I wouldn’t say he’s locked in at left, he could probably play right, too." Reiff has held his own at left tackle the last two seasons, but he fared much better at right tackle in 2012. Detroit could turn to in-house options Cornelius Lucas or LaAdrian Waddle at left tackle, or try to upgrade in free agency or the draft. No matter what happens, Reiff will be starting somewhere along the Lions' offensive line in 2015.
Sat, Feb 21, 2015 12:42:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Matthew Stafford
2Dan Orlovsky
RB1Theo Riddick
2Dwayne Washington
3Joique Bell
4Ameer Abdullah
GLB1Dwayne Washington
2Ameer Abdullah
3RB1Theo Riddick
2Dwayne Washington
FB1Mike Burton
WR11Marvin Jones
2Anquan Boldin
3T.J. Jones
WR21Golden Tate
2Andre Roberts
WR31Anquan Boldin
TE1Eric Ebron
2Clay Harbor
3Matthew Mulligan
LT1Taylor Decker
2Cornelius Lucas
LG1Laken Tomlinson
2Joe Dahl
C1Travis Swanson
2Graham Glasgow
RG1Larry Warford
RT1Riley Reiff
K1Matt Prater