Taylor Decker Replacements

(Raj Mehta / USA TODAY Sports)

With Taylor Decker out anytime between the first and the third month of the season, the Lions realized they needed to make a move. With the gaping hole at left tackle, the Lions scheduled a visit with offensive tackle Cyrus Kouandjio and eventually signed him. Then the Lions pulled off a trade with the Rams and acquired the 2014 No. 2 overall pick, Greg Robinson.

With Decker out, the Lions had Cornelius Lucas and Joe Dahl taking reps at left tackle with the first-team offense. Quinn decided that he felt more competition was needed and went out and signed Cyrus and traded for Greg. Cornelius Lucas has been with the Lions for three years and rarely found himself in the starting lineup. Dahl a 2015 fifth-round pick out of Washington State played left tackle in college for his final two years. However, the Lions drafted Dahl as a guard that they could develop as he is undersized at 6’4” and 306 lbs.

The Lions reached out to Cyrus Kouandjio who earlier this offseason was cut from the Bills. Kouandjio in his NFL career has played in 25 games while having seven starts. In the 25 games that he has played, 12 appearances have been at LT and five of the starts have come at left tackle. Three of the starts came in the last three games for the year. After the season he injured his hip after falling down at his house. While recovering from the injury he was found unclothed in a field.

The Lions also sent a sixth-round pick to the Los Angeles Rams in return for Greg Robinson. Robinson who attended Auburn was a first team All-American at left tackle, eventually being drafted at No. 2 overall by the Rams. In his tenure with the Rams, he started 42 games while appearing in 46. At left tackle, Robinson has struggled with penalties, along with allowing pressure on the quarterback. In his three-year career, he has allowed 17.5 sacks and 35 career penalties, over half of the penalties at 20 have come from holding, 11 more have come from false start penalties.

In order to make room for these two players, the Lions waived former sixth-round pick long snapper Jimmy Landes from Baylor. Landes who was picked out of Baylor as the future replacement for Lion Don Muhlbach. After injuring his shoulder in training camp, he was placed on the injured reserve where he stayed for the whole year. The Lions also waived offensive tackle Arturo Uzdavinis. Uzdavinis a former tackle for Tulane, started 36 games at left tackle while at Tulane.

With these pickups, the Lions may feel more comfortable, knowing that whoever replaces Decker may have NFL experience. While they also hope that whoever fills in for Decker will not be a huge drop-off in production.

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