Israel Idonije: Ideal swing DL for Lions

June, 25, 2013
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The best thing we can say about Israel Idonije is that he has been equally effective as a defensive end and a defensive tackle during his career. That makes him a pretty ideal swing player for a Detroit Lions defensive line that has undergone a significant overhaul this offseason.

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You would assume that Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley will start at defensive tackle, while Jason Jones and Ziggy Ansah get significant playing time at defensive end. But Idonije, 32, agreed to terms Tuesday and will give the Lions an experienced hand at both positions, one they scouted first-hand as division opponents during his nine-year tenure with the Chicago Bears.

It's also worth noting that Idonije fits the obvious profile the Lions have set forth in rebuilding their line. He is the fourth defensive lineman the Lions have acquired who stand at least 6-foot-5 (he's 6-6), and while I don't have his arm-length measurements, I can tell you they're long enough to have helped him block eight kicks during his career with the Bears.

Glad you're staying in the NFC North, Izzy. There's no other place to be. And yes, I will join everyone else in looking forward to the moment when Izzy and Ziggy are on the field at the same time.

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