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Newest Lion Lemonier braves driving snow to join team

Justin Rogers
The Detroit News

 

Defensive end Corey Lemonier endured a treacherous drive in the snow to join the Lions, who signed him this week off waivers.

Allen Park — Corey Lemonier is excited about his new opportunity with the Detroit Lions. He’s also excited he made it to town safely. The Florida native and Auburn alum drove to Detroit after being claimed off waivers from the Cleveland Browns, braving some treacherous conditions on the roads.

According to the 25-year-old defensive end, it was the first time he’d driven in snow. He joked about how it was almost the last time. Early in the drive, he struggled to get his car to stop while heading downhill toward a lake.

After arriving to his new home in one piece, Lemonier will look to revitalize his career. A third-round draft pick in 2013, the 6-foot-4, 255-pounder hasn’t had the impact many expected, tallying just three sacks in nearly four seasons.

 

 

 

 

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But after primarily playing outside linebacker in San Francisco and Cleveland’s 3-4 schemes, he’ll move back to the defensive end position where he tallied 17 sacks in three seasons at Auburn.

“I love it, just always attack,” Lemonior said about Detroit’s defensive scheme. “Whatever is in front of you, always attack.”

The Lions are desperate for help on the edges. The team ranks 28th in the NFL with 22 sacks through 13 games.

Detroit claimed one of Lemonier’s former Cleveland teammates, Armonty Bryant, earlier in the season. He provided an immediate spark, recording three sacks in his first four games, but was suspended the next three for a previous incident and suffered a season-ending injury his first game back. 


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