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Friday, September 23, 2016

Lions' Reiff playing well early at right tackle





By Daily Republic Sports

September 22, 2016

DETROIT — It's been a good start for Riley Reiff and the Detroit Lions in the 2016 season, with Reiff moving to right tackle.

The Parkston native has transitioned well to the new position after playing left tackle for the first four years of his career. Reiff has been the league's top right tackle through the first two weeks, according to the football analytics website Pro Football Focus.

In last Sunday's loss to Tennessee, Reiff had to leave briefly with an ankle injury and he missed practice Wednesday. The Lions are at Lambeau Field on Sunday to take on the Packers.

Lions offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter said it's important to have a reliable cog like Reiff in the team's offensive line, regardless of where he plays.

"I think the better you feel about certain spots, certain guys in certain spots, the more you can sort of focus on improving on where else you need to improve," Cooter said.

We're sort of still getting a feel for each other in different spots, communicating with each other, communicating with the guy next to him. It's something that I expect to get better and better as we go forward, and I think those guys do too."

Reiff, 27, is in the final year of his five-year rookie contract since being drafted by the Lions 23rd overall in 2012.

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