Caldwell keeps mum on line plans for Taylor Decker
Allen Park — The Lions drafted Taylor Decker in the first round of last week’s draft hoping he could improve the offensive line for the future.
Where Decker will play in 2016, though, remains a mystery, and until the Lions say whether Decker or Riley Reiff will play left tackle, the rookie’s position will be a top storyline in Allen Park.
And coach Jim Caldwell had no interest in disclosing the team’s plans for Decker before the Lions started rookie minicamp on Friday. To two questions about where Decker will play, Caldwell didn’t even use the words “offensive line” or “tackle,” nonetheless a side of the line.
“He’ll do a number of things today and so all across the board,” Caldwell said. “In terms of anything beyond that, it’s probably too early to talk about. But in terms of his work and what we’ll have him do, we really want to concentrate on his techniques and fundamentals.”
Decker started at left tackle for Ohio State the last two years, helping the Buckeyes and running back Ezekiel Elliott have a dominant rushing attack. Decker also played right tackle as a sophomore.
Reiff has started at left tackle for the Lions the past three years, and even though he’s been mostly average at the spot, his experience gives him an advantage over Decker. Of course, Reiff is going into the final year of his contract, and if the Lions want to prepare for the future, Decker could end up at left tackle this season.
Whatever the Lions are thinking with regards to Decker’s position, don’t expect them to share those plans soon.
“My expectations right now is the fact that I’m going out today to work with the guys that we’re working with and get our guys ready to go,” Caldwell said. “We’re not making any pronouncements at this particular point in time.”