Monday, October 21, 2013
Morning Roar: Waddle is the healthy tackle
By Michael Rothstein
Good morning and ROOOARRRR!!!!
DETROIT -- Two weeks ago, undrafted rookie tackle LaAdrian Waddle was inactive for the Detroit Lions, not deemed part of the 46-man roster that would participate against Green Bay. Two weeks and three injuries later, Waddle played the majority of Sunday’s 27-24 loss to Cincinnati.
He jumped up to the active roster when right tackle Jason Fox injured his knee against the Packers. He ended up on the field when starting left tackle Riley Reiff injured his hamstring. Then, when right tackle Corey Hilliard hurt his knee, Reiff returned to the game and Waddle moved from left tackle to right.
“When your number is called, you just got to be ready to go,” Waddle said. “Some guys got a little banged up [Sunday], so I had to get in there and had to do what I do and had to be ready to help the team out.”
The Lions picked up Waddle out of Texas Tech, one of two undrafted rookies to make the team, along with tight end Joseph Fauria.
So how did Waddle think he did in his first extensive offensive action?
“I feel like I did all right, but I mean, I feel like I didn’t play to my standards,” Waddle said. “Just because I hold myself to probably a higher standard than most people do. But I feel like there’s a lot of things I could have done better on.”
Waddle is going to be someone to watch this week since Fox has missed two straight games and both Reiff and Hilliard were at least a little bit injured in the loss to Cincinnati.
Simply, right now Waddle is Detroit’s only completely healthy offensive tackle.
Now, a look around the Interwebs in search of Lions news:
We’ll start with Ndamukong Suh chatting on Twitter about the hit Indianapolis punter Pat McAfee laid on Denver returner Trindon Holliday.
Now on to links from Sunday’s game.