Analysis: In the not-so-distant past, the Lions had the league’s most dominant defensive interior. But long gone are the days of former first-round picks Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley wreaking havoc on the inside.
The current collective is led by A’Shawn Robinson, a foundational piece who still is scratching the surface of his potential. In his second season, he led the group with 53 tackles, while defending six passes at the line of scrimmage, including his first career interception, which he returned for a touchdown against New Orleans.
The final piece to the Lions’ interior is 2017 sixth-round pick Jeremiah Ledbetter. He had minimal production as a rookie after bulking up to take on the role, but his athletic profile suggests intriguing potential if can develop in this second offseason.
Overall, it’s a group capable of holding its own, but likely to hover around or just below league average both against the run and rushing the passer without further upgrades. Fortunately, this draft offers plenty of potential throughout.
Shazier stood up to lead the crowd in a Let’s Go Pens! chant, and he was given a microphone and told the fans, It’s a hockey night in Pittsburgh.
Shazier looked steady and comfortable standing, an improvement over previous images that have shown him needing help to get out of his wheelchair.
The 25-year-old Shazier suffered the injury last year in a game against the Bengals. The Steelers have already announced that Shazier will not be able to play in 2018.
Report: Rams punter Johnny Hekker restructures contract
Rams General Manager Les Snead conceded that they are about to make defensive tackle Aaron Donald the highest paid defensive player in league history.
With that in mind, the Rams appear to be checking the couch cushions for whatever change they can find.