Enthusiastic Darryl Tapp to provide rotational support

Posted Jul 11, 2014

Head coach Jim Caldwell appreciates the enthusiasm and professionalism defensive end Darryl Tapp brings to the team.

The Detroit Lions signed Darryl Tapp this offseason to replace Willie Young on the edge of their defensive line.

Darryl TappDE Darryl Tapp (Photo: Detroit Lions)

Tapp, who played two seasons with Lions defensive line coach Jim Washburn in Philadelphia, was with Washington last season as an outside linebacker, but will play defensive end in Detroit.

Tapp, 29, has 267 career tackles and 25 sacks in eight seasons. He’ll be a rotational player for the Lions on defense and a core special teamer. What he’s already brought to the locker room and the meeting room, however, can’t be measured in a stat book.

“I think Darryl was a great addition for us because not only does he bring some enthusiasm and love the game, but he’s a professional and a consummate professional,” head coach Jim Caldwell said.

“I mean, he does everything right. He listens, he reinforces what he’s being taught, he knows and understands. He’s been with Jim (Washburn) before, so he knows him and knows the scheme. He has a real good feel for things.”

Tapp got a lot of second-team reps in OTAs and minicamp alongside Devin Taylor. Ziggy Ansah and Jason Jones are expected to be the starting defensive ends.

Young was a productive player for Detroit before signing with Chicago as a free agent this offseason. He had 47 tackles and three sacks last year and defended five passes.

Tapp (6-1, 265) doesn’t have the height Young brought to the table at 6-foot-4, but he’s heavier and stronger, and Lions think he can at least match Young’s production from a year ago.

“You can’t get enough of those kinds of guys that have been around, that have won, that understand what it takes and have been in the League awhile,” Caldwell said of Tapp.

“He sets a great example for a number of young guys that we have in that room.”