While Manny Ramirez is currently slotted to be the starting Left Guard but with the draft and signing of Laken Tomlinson he will most likely compete for a starting center spot. Either way, the Lions added more than just the man, they added experience that the young Lions offensive line need desperately.
Head Coach Jim Caldwell recently spoke about the O-line and the running back by committee they will be opening holes for. Already on the roster at RB were Joique Bell and Theo Riddick before management pulled the trigger on second round draft pick Ameer Abdullah. Caldwell plans to utilize all three of them in 2015.
“The thing about it, we don’t have two guys the same for the most part. They all have a little different sort of strength and we can utilize that. You know, Joique is a power back who also can get on the edge and he can catch the ball out of the backfield. Theo (Riddick) is probably a little bit more of an edge guy. I’m not saying he can’t run inside, but he’s along the edge a little bit more. So, you know, those are different players. I think when you get a chance to see Ameer (Abdullah), you’ll kind of see what his style is as well. He’s pretty versatile.”
The Lions open the preseason against the New York Jets on August 13th. Plenty of great seats and affordable tickets are still available so be sure to get yours today!