Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Morning Roar: An Ihedigbo scouting report
By Michael Rothstein
The Lions, lying in wait for a new year ...
It took a little bit longer than expected, but the Detroit Lions finally nabbed a safety Monday night as James Ihedigbo -- the team's first real target -- agreed to join the club.
He'll line up opposite Glover Quin as the last line of defense for Detroit as the team tries to improve a secondary that struggled toward the end of last season. So they replaced Louis Delmas for Ihedigbo, but what are the Lions getting? Here are some thoughts from colleague Jamison Hensley, who covers the Ravens.
"Ihedigbo wasn't expected to start last year after the Ravens signed Michael Huff in free agency and drafted Matt Elam in the first round. But he turned into one of the biggest surprises on defense. Playing nearly every snap on defense, Ihedigbo finished second on the team with a career-best 99 tackles.
"He's basically a lesser version of Bernard Pollard. Ihedigbo is solid at coming up to make the hit but he doesn't make enough plays in coverage. All three of his interceptions last season came against Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton. Excluding the two games against Cincinnati, Ihedbigbo broke up only seven passes in 2013.
"Ihedigbo wasn't in the Ravens' plans in 2014. General manager Ozzie Newsome said the team needed to add a more athletic safety. The Ravens also plan to move Elam to Ihedigbo's strong safety spot, which is the first-round pick's natural position.
"Basically, he's a great special teams player and an average safety."
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