Graham Glasgow looks at potential benefits of Lions' offensive line shuffle

Justin Rogers
The Detroit News

Allen Park — For the past two seasons, no one on the Detroit Lions roster has played more snaps than offensive lineman Graham Glasgow. And if you made a list of players believed to be locked into starting jobs entering training camp, he would among the first names mentioned. But the team is treating him differently than many of their other projected starters, often rotating him between the first and second units.

"That's just the way it is," Glasgow said. "That's what the coaches feel like is going to help the team. I'll do whatever they ask me to do and I'm trying to build as much chemistry with whoever I'm next to. I think it's good to get reps with guys you're not normally around. In that regard, I think it's good."

Graham Glasgow (60)

Glasgow hints at the logical explanation. The team has dealt with a number of injuries up front the past couple seasons, so there's value in building chemistry between starters and eventual backups, in case those combinations need to play together during the regular season. 

Another factor: The Lions have a clear opening along their offensive line, the other guard spot, and they want to get an extended look at the other candidates against the first-team defense.

"We're all in a competition right now," Lions coach Matt Patricia said. "Everybody is out there competing hard. I think that group inside, there's a lot of rotation that's going on inside. That's good. That's what you want. It's training camp. That's what everybody expects."

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Whether Glasgow is running with the first-team offense or the second during practice, he isn't approaching things any differently. While, from the outside looking in, his starter status seems all but assured, he's continuing to treat it like its something to be earned on a daily basis. 

"It's a competition and I approach it as such," Glasgow said. "Whether it is or it isn't, that's not for me to decide. I go out there and just try to make it apparent that I'm the starter and I'm going to play."

One of the contenders for the vacant guard job, Joe Dahl, received a two-year contract extension this week. Glasgow was thrilled for his teammate and former roommate, praising Dahl's versatility and work ethic. 

Like Dahl, Glasgow is in line for a new contract, heading into the final season of his rookie deal. But he didn't offer any hints about whether there was any progress on that front. 

"That's something you're going to have to ask (general manger) Bob (Quinn)," Glasgow said. "I'm going to defer the question."