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Ziggy Ansah | Defensive Lineman | #94

Team: Detroit Lions
Age / DOB:  (27) / 5/29/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 279
College: Brigham Young
Drafted: 2013 / Rd. 1 (5) / DET
Contract: view contract details

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Lions DL coach Kris Kocurek believes 20 sacks is a realistic possibility for RE Ziggy Ansah.
"He runs, he's tough, those are special traits for a guy like that. A lot of times you see big guys, they take plays off. I've never seen the guy take a play off," DC Teryl Austin said. "He's got a lot of room for growth still." Ansah was third in the league with 14.5 sacks last season, 2.5 behind J.J. Watt for the NFL lead. Already 27, Ansah is knocking on the door of a monster pay day. Jun 3 - 12:49 PM

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Lions RE Ziggy Ansah hinted he's willing to play out the final two years of his deal without an extension.

Ansah is under contract for the next two seasons after the Lions exercised his fifth-year team option. "As of right now, I think you’ve got to take it step by step," Ansah said. "You’ve got to see how this season goes, and I’m just looking forward as far as having a great season for the team." Ansah has notched at least 7.5 sacks in each of his first three NFL campaigns, exploding for 14.5 last year. If the Lions don't lock him up this summer, it will likely be a lot more difficult in 2017.
May 5 - 2:21 PM

Lions exercised DE Ziggy Ansah's fifth-year option for 2017.

The option will be worth $12.7 million, a relative pittance for one of the most productive pass rushers in the game. Ansah has 30 sacks since entering the league as the No. 5 overall pick in 2013 including 14.5 last season. Despite the skyrocketing value of pass rushers, the Lions are reportedly not interested in signing Ansah to a long-term extension this offseason. If he puts up another double-digit sack campaign, that decision could end up looking foolish.
May 2 - 11:08 AM

The Detroit Free Press' Dave Birkett reports the Lions do not plan on signing DE Ziggy Ansah to a long-term extension this offseason.

Ansah is entering the final year of his rookie deal, but the Lions are fully expected to pick up his fifth-year option for 2017. Although Detroit can have Ansah under cheap control for the next two seasons, working out a long-term deal might be in their best interest. Ansah is an ascending edge player, and the market for pass rushers continues to skyrocket. Ansah has 30 sacks in three seasons including 14.5 last year.
Mar 21 - 10:58 AM

RE Ziggy Ansah left the Lions' Week 15 game against the Saints with an illness and is questionable to return.

He came out in the second quarter. This would be a big loss for the Lions as Ansah is tied for second in the league with 13.5 sacks. He recorded one tackle before exiting.
Mon, Dec 21, 2015 09:32:00 PM

Lions RE Ziggy Ansah (groin) is active for Monday night's Week 4 game against the Seahawks.

He was listed as questionable after leaving last week's game early. Ansah hasn't made a ton of noise as a pass rusher with just six pressures through three weeks, but is playing top-notch run defense on the edge. Inactive for the Lions are Joique Bell (ankle), RG Larry Warford, WLB DeAndre Levy (hip), Brandon Pettigrew (hamstring), OT Corey Robinson, DT Jermelle Cudjo, and DE Phillip Hunt.
Mon, Oct 5, 2015 07:20:00 PM

Lions DE Ziggy Ansah exited the team's Week 3 loss to the Broncos with a groin injury.

Ansah suffered the injury in the second half and did not return. Ansah was on the injury report last week with a back injury. His status for Week 4 will be updated later in the week.
Mon, Sep 28, 2015 08:59:00 AM

Lions RE Ziggy Ansah is targeting double-digit sacks.

Ansah had 7.5 sacks and a league-high 20 QB hits last season. He’s primed to take a step forward this year, but will see more double teams with the losses of Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley. Ansah is a strong bet to top the 64 percent of snaps he played in 2014.
Sat, Aug 8, 2015 02:54:00 PM

The Lions are expecting a breakout season from third-year RE Ziggy Ansah.

Ansah is in his first full NFL offseason after sitting out last year's minicamp with a shoulder injury. He has 15.5 sacks through two seasons and the upside to be one of the league's top pass rushers. Ansah led the NFL with 20 quarterback hits in 2014. He turns 26 years old in late May.
Sat, Apr 11, 2015 02:39:00 PM

Lions activated RE Ziggy Ansah (shoulder) from the active/PUP list.

Ansah went under the knife in January or February, and missed the Lions' entire offseason program. He'll surely be eased back into action, but now has a shot at suiting up for the Lions' regular season dress rehearsal on August 22. It's important news for the Lions' top heavy defensive line. Ansah led all rookies with eight sacks last season.
Tue, Aug 12, 2014 04:58:00 PM

Lions RE Ziggy Ansah (shoulder) has been "ramping up" his activities and is "getting close" to a return.

Ansah has missed all of training camp and will likely miss the preseason opener, but it sounds like he has a chance to return to the field before Week 1. The Lions insist Ansah isn't behind, as he's getting plenty of "mental reps."
Mon, Aug 4, 2014 08:36:00 PM

Lions DL coach Jim Washburn believes RE Ziggy Ansah "can be an elite player at some point in time."

"He’s got real potential," Washburn continued. "He’s got elite potential, he’s just got to do it." Ansah has been sidelined throughout the offseason and during training camp as he recovers from shoulder surgery. He may miss most of camp, but should be ready for the opener. Under new DC Teryl Austin, Ansah is expected to move around more. But he's going to get after the quarterback.
Wed, Jul 30, 2014 01:21:00 PM

Lions second-year RE Ziggy Ansah will be moved around more in new DC Teryl Austin's defense.

"I like the changes we have now," Ansah said. "I don’t always have to be on the right side. I can get up and move around and drop into coverage." Ansah led all rookies with eight sacks last season despite playing limited snaps. He should see his role on defense increase this season, and is a good bet to break the double-digit sack barrier.
Thu, Jul 10, 2014 10:35:00 AM

Lions RE Ziggy Ansah (shoulder) hasn't participated in any offseason practices, as expected.

Ansah underwent offseason surgery to his shoulder, a preexisting injury the Lions knew about when they took him fifth overall in 2013. He's expected to be ready for Week 1 and continue to trend up as a building block. Ansah led all rookies with eight sacks last year and was effective against the run.
Wed, Jun 4, 2014 12:40:00 PM

Coach Jim Caldwell confirmed RE Ziggy Ansah (shoulder) won't be ready when the Lions open OTAs in two weeks.

Ansah is taking it slow as he recovers from surgery, but should be fine for Week 1. Despite battling ankle, shoulder and bicep issues last season, he led all rookies with eight sacks while standing tall against the run. Ansah is just scratching the surface of his potential.
Wed, Mar 26, 2014 10:35:00 AM

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