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Riley Reiff | Tackle | #71

Team: Detroit Lions
Age / DOB:  (27) / 12/1/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'6' / 308
College: Iowa
Drafted: 2012 / Rd. 1 (23) / DET
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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

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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.
Source: MLive.com
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

Lions LT Riley Reiff (hyperextended knee) is expected to return for Week 14.

Undrafted rookie Cornelius Lucas filled in admirably on Matthew Stafford's blindside on Thanksgiving, but Reiff's return would be a big positive against the Bucs. Reiff had never previously never missed a game before sitting out against the Bears.
Mon, Dec 1, 2014 02:06:00 PM

Lions LT Riley Reiff (knee) is inactive for Thursday's Week 13 game against the Bears.

The knee injury Reiff sustained at New England is not considered serious and he has a shot to return in Week 14. So it looks like a one-week trial for undrafted rookie Cornelius Lucas, who started 26 games at left tackle for Kansas State, on Matthew Stafford's blind side. As previously reported, Reggie Bush (ankle) is inactive again, leaving Joique Bell to carry the mail. The rest of the Lions' inactives: QB Kellen Moore, OG Larry Warford, DE Larry Webster, WR Ryan Broyles and DE Nick Fairley.
Thu, Nov 27, 2014 11:02:00 AM

The knee injury Lions LT Riley Reiff sustained Sunday is not considered serious.

It's a major relief for the Lions, as Matthew Stafford's blind-side protector has been the team's best offensive lineman this season. Reiff remains shaky for Thanksgiving, but it doesn't sound like he'll be out too long. The backup left tackle is UDFA rookie Cornelius Lucas.
Tue, Nov 25, 2014 09:01:00 AM

Lions LT Riley Reiff suffered a knee injury on the first play of Sunday's Week 12 loss at New England and did not return.

There's no update on the severity of Reiff's injury, but it's a major concern for an offense that has already lost RG Larry Warford (knee). UDFA Cornelius Lucas is Reiff's backup on Matthew Stafford's blind side.
Sun, Nov 23, 2014 10:18:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Matthew Stafford
2Dan Orlovsky
3Jake Rudock
RB1Ameer Abdullah
2Theo Riddick
3Zach Zenner
4Stevan Ridley
GLB1Zach Zenner
2Ameer Abdullah
3RB1Theo Riddick
2Ameer Abdullah
FB1Mike Burton
WR11Golden Tate
2T.J. Jones
3Corey Fuller
4Ryan Spadola
WR21Marvin Jones
2Jeremy Kerley
3Austin Willis
4Corey Washington
WR31T.J. Jones
TE1Eric Ebron
2Brandon Pettigrew
3Tim Wright
4Matthew Mulligan
5Jordan Thompson
LT1Riley Reiff
2Corey Robinson
3Tyrus Thompson
LG1Laken Tomlinson
2Joe Dahl
3Darren Keyton
C1Travis Swanson
2Graham Glasgow
3Gabe Ikard
RG1Larry Warford
2Geoff Schwartz
3Chase Farris
RT1Taylor Decker
2Michael Ola
3Cornelius Lucas
4Lamar Holmes
K1Matt Prater