Lions rookie Decker the leader at left tackle

Justin Rogers
The Detroit News
Taylor Decker

Allen Park – It appears the Detroit Lions’ left tackle job is rookie Taylor Decker’s to lose.

The first-round draft pick (No. 16 overall) had been the go-to blindside option during the team’s early offseason practices and coach Jim Caldwell indicated that’s where Decker will start when the team opens up training camp Friday.

“He may play either one, right or left, but he’s at left right now,” Caldwell said. “We won’t get into any depth chart issues until we get later on, when we approach the games.”

Decker is the key piece in a retooled offensive line, although he may be the only new starter when the team opens the season in Indianapolis in September. That depends on whether third-round draft pick Graham Glasgow is able to unseat incumbent Travis Swanson for the starting center job.

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Regardless, Caldwell sees two themes with the unit: Youth and size.

“Yeah, one of the things you’re going to notice is that we’re bigger and stronger,” Caldwell said. “We have a couple spots we’re going to be fairly young, but I think in the grand scheme of things, if we can keep them all healthy, keep them battling and fighting, we’re going to come out of there with a really big unit up front.”

As for the 6-foot-7, 310-pound Decker, Caldwell clearly kept open the possibility of the rookie moving to right tackle, but for now, it will be veteran Riley Reiff manning that spot after starting the past three years on the left side.