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DeVries Loss Hurts

I’m a Jared DeVries fan. Losing him for the season is painful not just because the Lions are now very thin at the DE position. It hurts even more because DeVries is the kind of player I love to root for. While he was not graced with heaps of natural talent, he made up for that in his work ethic, his drive and his willingness to give the game everything he had.

A third round draft pick in 1999, DeVries was finally able to lock down a starting position last year. Even though he has been a backup for most of his career, through tireless effort and in-game results has made himself indispensible for the last 10 years. While never flashy, he was always dependable to make the play when called upon.

As Coach Young pointed out in his post on the topic, losing DeVries for the season robs the Lions of a solid player both on and off the field. Further, it puts them in a real bind if they choose to play a larger run-stopping type player at the Left End position. Coach Schwartz claims that the way the Lions will play their defensive end position, “there are not a whole lot of differences between the right and the left,” and that the team will experiment “trying to find the best combination of guys.”

I agree with Coach Young that “the best combination of guys” may include at least one player who is not yet on the roster.


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One Response to “DeVries Loss Hurts”

  1. I am huge Devries fan as well, need more guys like him! Hopefully the team found some and are looking for more…great article!

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