WEEK IN REVIEW: Lions wrap up OTAs

Posted Jun 6, 2014

It was another busy week in Allen Park as the Lions wrapped up their OTA practices.

It was another busy week in Allen Park as the Lions wrapped up their OTA practices.

The pressure to perform was on as special guests were on hand to watch practice - NASCAR drive Joey Logano on Tuesday and Season Ticket Members on Wednesday.

The defense delivered, continuing their dominance on the field.

There's a lot of buzz building over what defensive coordinator Teryl Austin's scheme will ultimately look like, but according to him, it could change week to week.

“I’m not going to be married to anything,” Austin said after Tuesday’s OTA session. “What we’re going to try to be married to is what’s best for our guys that week and that game.”

“We’re going to try and give the offense as many looks as we can, bring people from many angles and try to make them adjust to us instead of us always adjusting to them."

A big factor in Austin's defense will be how defensive tackle Nick Fairley, who was back doing individual drills this week after undergoing a procedure to help with his sleep apnea, performs.

The expectations for him are high, but he's trimmed down and feeling motivated for the 2014 season.

Safety Glover Quin is also feeling pumped up for 2014. He wants to get the defense on the field first for home games so they can use the fan's enthusiasm as a weapon.

“I’m a defensive guy,” he said. “I’m always a fan of putting the defense out there first in home games. The crowd is already into it. They’re amped from the kickoff. You might as well put the defense out first.

“When you put the offense out there, then the crowd’s got to sit down and be quiet. And then if the offense doesn’t do great, now they’re not as excited when the defense comes out there.

“When the defense comes out, they’re already excited from the kickoff. They’re pumped. If we come out and use that momentum to get a stop, now we’re a step ahead.”

Chemistry is an important part of a successful defense and the Lions are working toward building that.

Last year, Quin felt it was difficult to find that rhythm with then safety partner, Louis Delmas. Delmas rarely practiced due to a knee injury.

So when the Lions signed safety James Ihedigbo this offseason, Quin was thrilled.

“Once Digs (Ihedigbo) signed here we started running,” Quin said. “We work out at the same place in Houston so once he signed here we just kind of hit stride, started working out together and started building our relationship right there.”

While Quin and Ihedigbo begin to build their working relationship, defensive end Ziggy Ansah and linebacker Kyle Van Noy rekindle theirs.

The two played together at BYU, where Van Noy had a hand in teaching Ansah football. Now it's Ansah who's helping Van Noy adjust to the NFL.

Van Noy signed his rookie contract Wednesday evening. The deal is estimated to be worth around $5.1 million with a $2 million signing bonus, per the rookie wage scale.