DeVries Excited to Return to Lions

Posted Apr 12, 2010

After tearing his Achilles tendon in training camp last year, defensive end Jared DeVries spent the 2009 season on the injured reserve list and with uncertainty surrounding his rehabilitation, the Lions released the 12-year veteran in February.

After ongoing talks between the organization and DeVries, it was made official today that he is once again a Detroit Lion; something that he’s has been looking forward to for the past couple of weeks.

“I can tell you today I was very excited,” said DeVries. “I felt like a kindergartener last night, rolling around. I wasn’t sleeping real well. I’m just very, very excited to be back with the fellas. That’s one of the things that I missed the most. It was good to see all of the familiar faces and meet some of the new ones, it was a good day.”

Having played his entire career in Detroit, it was DeVries’ hope to come back and play for the Lions, and having to wait it out in regards to whether he’d return was something he accepts as part of the business.

“I’ve never really been worried about the Achilles itself, but I can understand the stance they took,” said DeVries. “I’m very excited to be back and in the fold and with the guys. That stuff sometimes you’ve just got to work through as far as the release goes. The timing of signing back was just something that we were working through.”

Since suffering the injury back in July, DeVries has been diligently working on getting himself back into top form.

During the morning’s workout, he participated 100-percent and really enjoyed working with some of the familiar faces on the d-line, as well as new acquisition, veteran defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch.

“I really like the moves,” said DeVries. “I didn’t get to meet Corey (Williams) today, but I worked out with Kyle. I spoke with him quite a bit today. I respect his game and I’m looking forward to working with him. With the moves that we made I think it gives us a lot more depth and I’m really excited.”

One of the things in particular that DeVries is looking forward to this offseason is competing for the starting left end position.

“My vision is to be the starting left end, but obviously I’ll have to compete for that like I do every year,” said DeVries. “That would have been my role last year had I not gotten hurt; but, like I said, it’s good to be back around the fellas and the competition is good.”

Aside from enjoying the competition with his teammates, DeVries is also excited to work under defensive line coach Kris Kocurek, who served as the assistant defensive line coach last season.

It’s a change that DeVries feels will be great for the defense’s aggressive style of play.

“He’s high-energy; he’s very knowledgeable – he played the game, so he knows about defensive line play,” said DeVries. “Just speaking with him throughout this whole thing, we’re going to be a lot more disruptive. I like the direction he’s got the group headed. He’s a perfect fit for Gun (Gunter Cunningham) and Coach (Jim) Schwartz.”