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Hondo S. Carpenter

Lions Defensive Line looks for improvement!
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Dan Wilkinson was in Florida today and yesterday and the Lions defensive line looks to improve? That’s right folks trust me! Losing Dan was a blow but it was best for Dan and it was best for the Lions. Moving on however the defensive line at least at the tackle position was a highlight for this team last season and the defensive end spot was lacking, to put it kindly.


Had Dan stayed, the truth is that Shaun Cody would have started at tackle anyways and with his fast hands and athletic feet he certainly with the Tampa two defense will be an upgrade.


The questions however are at the DE position. Will Kalimba be able to earn his money? He almost left for Cleveland and the Lions were able to throw enough money at him to keep him. I like Kalimba and he may do well but for his case I am not sold, he will have to prove it on the field. James Hall in my opinion is a solid DE and should do fine and I ‘m sure that Corey Redding thinks he can produce. Either way, Hall is adequate and the others will just have to prove themselves.


So you have to ask yourself about a front line that has Shaun Rogers the second best DT in football, Shaun Cody a rising star, James Hall and Kalimba Edwards at the DE and wonder can they cut it?


Marcus Bell can’t get cut fast enough and Jared Devries is a solid back up. Warren Sapp wants to come to Detroit if he is cut to reunite with Marinelli so that will be fun to watch.


I am not sure, but I am sold on the Lions staff and if they have the confidence they so do I.

Kalimba Edwards
TUESDAY, MARCH 14, 2006
Allen Park, Mich.- The Detroit Lions announced today that they have re-signed DE Kalimba Edwards to a five-year deal. Additional contract terms were not disclosed.
Edwards enters his fifth NFL season with momentum from a strong performance in 2005. He led Detroit in sacks (7.0) while finishing with 31 tackles (21 solo), two forced fumbles and a team-leading three fumble recoveries. Edwards has 111 career tackles (72 solo), 19 sacks (111.5 yards), seven pass defenses, four forced fumbles and five fumble recoveries after four seasons with the Lions, who drafted him in the second round (35th overall) of the 2002 NFL Draft.
As a rookie in 2002, Edwards played in all 16 games and led Detroit with 6.5 sacks and was the first Lions rookie since Tracy Scroggins (7.5, 1992) to lead the team in sacks. He also had a career-best 39 tackles (23 solo) as well as a forced fumble and two fumble recoveries.
Prior to the 2003 season, Edwards was diagnosed with a sports hernia injury. He chose to play through the season and registered 19 tackles (13 solo) and two sacks (18 yards) while playing in 15 games before being placed on the reserve/injured list due to a torn groin muscle.
In 2004, Edwards worked to regain his form while playing in 16 games and registering 22 tackles (15 solo) and 4.5 sacks (23.5 yards). His perseverance showed dividends when he opened the 2005 season with 4.0 sacks (17 yards) through the first four games, including his third-career multi-sack game at Tampa Bay (10/2).
Edwards had a standout collegiate career at South Carolina. He played both linebacker and defensive end for the Gamecocks and was a semifinalist for both the Lombardi Trophy (top lineman) and Butkus Award (top linebacker) after finishing with 79 tackles (55 solo), 3.5 sacks (10 yards) and six tackles for loss (17 yards) as a senior. Edwards was an All-SEC first-team selection as a senior and a junior.
Courtesy of the Detroit Lions.


 

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