Thursday, October 24, 2013
Cowboys think Lions have solid D-line
By Calvin Watkins
IRVING, Texas -- The interior of the Dallas Cowboys offensive line will be challenged by the Detroit Lions front four on Sunday. Veteran guard Brian Waters said its the best defensive line he's seen this season.
The line consists of two tackles, Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley, who weigh a combined 605 pounds and each have 6-foot-4 frames.
"It's good, one of the better fronts in the league," Waters said. "Good against the run and the pass, to be honest with you I feel it’s the best part of their defense. They got some good players at other positions, but the best players are on that defense (front)."
Waters has emerged as a calming presence for rookie center Travis Frederick and second-year guard Ronald Leary, who missed Wednesday's practice with a sore knee. The two young players will need Waters because of what Suh has represented in the past.
He's been fined seven times in his career for questionable hits on players. Last week, Suh was fined $31,500 for a hit on Cleveland Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden.
"He's helped me tremendously," Frederick said of Waters. "He's been part of my development, he's been around for so long, he can teach you the little things, as a rookie you might not see until your fourth-year or your sixth-year or 10th year. He's been through all that, he can help guide you through all that. He can kinda help guide you through that."
On the season, the Lions projected starters along the defensive line have produced 10 sacks this season. While Suh gets the attention for his antics on the field, Fairley is a productive player as well.
"He's doing pretty good, an explosive guy," Waters said. "He's finally gotten himself in a rhythm. I think injuries played a little part (of his struggles) early in his career. I think that now he's been healthy and producing like they expected him too."