Man I want to stand before you here right now and boldly proclaim I’ve seen the Lions’ next All-Pro defensive tackle and his name is Nick Fairley. I want to tell you about the 20 pounds he lost in the six weeks between the end of mini-camp and the start of training camp and how quick and still powerful he’s looked the last two weeks. I want to tell you the havoc he and Ndamukong Suh are causing the interior offensive linemen in team drills. I want to tell you that he gets it now. He understands what it takes mentally and what it demands physically to be a dominant and consistent performer at the NFL level. I want to tell you all the raves he’s getting from teammate and coaches. Like this from defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham: “The other day Tully (Stephen Tulloch) came off the field frustrated I mean really frustrated. We had a run-play-action drill I said ‘Tully what’s wrong.’ He said ‘I can’t get my reads Nick and (Ndamukong) Suh are screwing up every play that they run. I couldn’t get any reads; they’re knocking the crap out of everybody.’ “I was laughing because I saw it from the sideline. Going back to Suh and Nick playing together everybody in the league is saying the same thing – look out.” I want to tell you that Fairley is poised finally to be the star the Lions thought they drafted three years ago.
If he can stay healthy, Nick Fairley should be All-Pro force for Lions
Detroit News | Aug 4