Camp Spotlight: Defensive tackle Caraun Reid

Posted Aug 4, 2015

Tim Twentyman tracks the performance of defensive tackle Caraun Reid during Day 2 of training camp practice.


Position: defensive tackle

Ht/Wt: 6-2, 306

College: Princeton

Experience: Second season

Outlook: Reid put in a lot of work this offseason, some with former Lion Ndamukong Suh, and came into the offseason workouts and training camp in tremendous shape.

Caraun ReidDT Caraun Reid (Photo: Detroit Lions)

The coaches wanted Reid to improve his strength following last season. To his credit, he put in the work and heads into his second season a much stronger player.

Reid has pushed Tyrunn Walker for the starting spot next to Haloti Ngata all spring and will continue to do so during camp.

The Lions like where Reid is at both physically and mentally, but the true evaluation of the work he’s put in will come when the pads come on starting Wednesday.

Practice report: Reid continued to take first-team reps on Tuesday and is expected to do so at least until Ngata returns from a strained hamstring.

The defensive line drills are the most exciting of the individual portion of practice because of the competition among the players.

Reid took on rookie Gabe Wright in a quickness drill on the two-man sled. The object is to come off the ball and engage the sled before the other guy. Reid called out Wright to be his opponent and Wright got the better of him, beating him to the sled both times.

It’s hard to judge defensive lineman until the pads come on, especially in team drills, but Reid did get some good penetration a couple times against the offense, once forcing a running back into another gap.

The pads come on Wednesday night at Novi, which means the hitting and the evaluation of both lines really begins.


Head coach Jim Caldwell on the quality reps Reid and others are getting because of the Ngata injury:

“Every rep they get this time of year makes a difference in terms of their experience level. Obviously, I think with some of the guys that are out right now gives a few of them a few more opportunities and I think down the road that’s going to help us.”