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Kyle Van Noy | Linebacker

Team: Detroit Lions
Age / DOB:  (25) / 6/19/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 252
College: Brigham Young
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Lions SLB Kyle Van Noy (abdominal) said he's still not 100 percent.
Van Noy returned for the final eight games of 2014, playing just 51 snaps. He’s fully participating in OTAs and getting some first-team reps, but his health status remains a concern. Van Noy is battling Tahir Whitehead for the strong-side job. Jun 6 - 7:31 PM
Source: MLive.com

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The Detroit Free Press projects 2014 second-round pick Kyle Van Noy as the Lions' "third or fourth linebacker" this year.

Appearing in eight games as a rookie, Van Noy earned only 51 snaps while SLB Tahir Whitehead was a top-notch run stuffer. With MLB Stephen Tulloch and WLB DeAndre Levy locked into starting jobs, Van Noy will attempt to put heat on Whitehead. Our guess is that Whitehead will end up winning the camp battle.
Jun 4 - 6:48 PM

ESPN’s Michael Rothstein projects Kyle Van Noy as the Lions’ starting SAM linebacker.

A top-50 pick in 2014, Van Noy spent eight games on short-term I.R. He was limited to a reserve role over the second half, playing just 54 snaps. Van Noy will face competition from fourth-year LB Tahir Whitehead. Whitehead is coming off a great year in run defense, so we wouldn't pencil in Van Noy just yet.
Source: ESPN.com
May 6 - 7:21 PM

Lions activated SLB Kyle Van Noy (abdominal) off IR/designation to return.

The rich get richer up front. Van Noy, second-round rookie out of BYU, was ticketed for significant rotational snaps before going down in the preseason. He'll ramp back up now.
Mon, Nov 3, 2014 12:25:00 PM

Lions placed SLB Kyle Van Noy (abdominal surgery) on injured reserve/designated to return.

Van Noy's timeline has never been publicly established, but the Detroit Free Press estimated he'd miss 4-6 weeks after undergoing "core muscle surgery" last week. That would mean he should be ready to rock when first eligible to return in Week 10. The Lions are on bye in Week 9. The Lions will be rolling with Tahir Whitehead after spending the No. 40 overall pick on Van Noy.
Tue, Sep 2, 2014 04:21:00 PM

Lions second-round SLB Kyle Van Noy is recovering from surgery to "repair a core muscle injury," and is without a timetable for a return.

DetroitLions.com considers the No. 40 overall pick a candidate for injured reserve/designated to return. The Detroit Free Press estimates that he'll miss 4-6 weeks. Van Noy suffered the injury before the Lions' third preseason game. Van Noy was slated to be the Lions' strong-side linebacker, but at the very least, appears poised to miss all of September. Tahir Whitehead is the next man up on the depth chart.
Thu, Aug 28, 2014 07:09:00 PM

Lions rookie OLB Kyle Van Noy is being evaluated for a sports hernia injury.

Van Noy missed Detroit's third preseason game with an abdominal injury, but could be dealing with something more serious. He's expected to undergo further evaluation. The Lions should provide an update on his status early next week.
Sat, Aug 23, 2014 05:18:00 PM

Lions signed second-round OLB Kyle Van Noy to a four-year contract.

Van Noy, the 40th pick, is expected to start at strong-side linebacker on early downs before moving to left end on passing downs. In passing situations, the Lions could feature a line of RE Ziggy Ansah, DT Ndamukong Suh, DT Jason Jones/Devin Taylor, and LE Van Noy. Van Noy had 26 career sacks at BYU.
Wed, Jun 4, 2014 06:37:00 PM

The Lions plan to use second-round pick Kyle Van Noy at strong-side linebacker on early downs and left end in pass-rush situations.

Van Noy tallied 26 career sacks at BYU and has some pass-rush tools. The Lions will use Jason Jones as their starting left end on early downs, and he'll kick inside in sub-packages, freeing up Van Noy to rush with his hand in the dirt. Detroit is likely hoping its talented front seven can mask back-end deficiencies. The Lions are weak at strong safety and arguably both cornerback spots.
Sun, May 18, 2014 07:26:00 PM

Lions selected BYU OLB Kyle Van Noy with the No. 40 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft.

Van Noy (6-foot-3 1/4, 243) was the 2013 FBS Independent Defensive Player of the Year, finishing his career with 62 TFLs, 26 sacks, seven picks, and 11 forced fumbles. He blocked three kicks on special teams. Van Noy ran 4.71 at the Combine, but underwhelmed in the broad jump (9-foot-4) and vertical (32 1/2"). A noted film junky, Van Noy is a better football player than athlete, but lacks explosiveness off the edge. He's like a less-physical version of Connor Barwin with cover skills, range, and plus closing speed. Van Noy should slot in at strong-side 'backer in Detroit, upgrading on Ashlee Palmer, and could rush the passer with his hand in the dirt in sub-packages.
Fri, May 9, 2014 07:47:00 PM

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