Camp Spotlight: Defensive end Ziggy Ansah

Posted Aug 5, 2015

Tim Twentyman tracks the performance of defensive end Ziggy Ansah during Day 3 of training camp practice.


Position: Defensive end

Ht/Wt: 6-5, 278

College: BYU

Ziggy AnsahDE Ziggy Ansah (Photo: Detroit Lions)

Experience: Third year

Outlook: Ansah said this spring his expectation is to be the best at his position in the NFL. From an athletic standpoint that goal is certainly attainable.

The Lions expect Ansah to be a double-digit sack artist and a huge performer along their defensive line.

Ansah recorded 15.5 sacks over his first two seasons in the league. The Lions are hoping he can match that total this year and be among the top pass rushers in the league.

We’ll see how the loss of Ndamukong Suh might affect his play. Could he see more double teams and chips this season?

Practice report: The first padded practice was an opportunity to get a good look at both the offensive and defensive lines.

It was also the first time the defensive line and offensive line went against each other in pass-rushing drills.

Ansah squared off against Riley Reiff and Reiff appeared to get the better of him during the two reps they had. Ansah tried a bull rush both times and Reiff was able to hold his ground.

In team drills, Ansah played both left and right end. He got terrific penetration on Cornelius Lucas on one particular run play and was able to get to the ball carrier (Ameer Abdullah) and shove him to the ground. He’s always played the run well.


“I think everyone has been waiting for this moment,” Ansah said about Wednesday’s padded practice. “I’m definitely confident (right now). It was a new defense last year and it’s definitely easier this year to know where to line up and what your assignment is and technique-wise everything has been great.

“I’m excited for this year.”