Quinn: OT Decker will practice on ‘both sides of the line’
Coaches and scouts saw first-round pick Taylor Decker practice this weekend for the first time as a member of the Lions, but general manager Bob Quinn said in a radio interview Monday it’ll be months before Decker’s position becomes clear.
Decker was the left tackle for Ohio State the past two years, but also played right tackle as a sophomore. He and Riley Reiff will likely be the Lions’ starting tackles in 2016, but it’s unclear who will play on each side.
Coach Jim Caldwell declined Friday to share any information about where the team expects Decker to play. During his interview with Pro Football Talk Live on Monday morning, Quinn said Decker will spend time practicing at both left and right tackle.
“Obviously, a first-round pick, you expect him to come in and be a contributor, and we’re going to play him on both sides of the line, on left tackle and right tackle, and kind of see where he mixes in with the rest of our offensive linemen,” Quinn said. “At the end of the day, when training camp’s over, (we’ll) put our best five on the field.”