Leaner, stronger Caraun Reid taking some first-team reps

Posted May 28, 2015

The coaches challenged defensive tackle Caraun Reid to add strength and muscle to his frame this offseason, and it appears he's answered that challenge.

A photo gallery on capturing the first day of OTA workouts in Allen Park Tuesday featured a photo of second-year defensive tackle Caraun Reid walking off the field next to veteran Haloti Ngata. What jumped out about the photo was how built Reid looked. He didn’t seem out of place at all next to the 340-pound Ngata.

Reid’s listing on the roster has stayed consistently around 305 pounds his entire time in Detroit, but the Lions coaches challenged him to add strength and muscle to his frame this offseason, and it appears he’s done just that.

“When you talk about two guys that came back different physically this time of year than last year, Caraun’s one of those,” head coach Jim Caldwell said. “Eric’s (Ebron) one obviously, and Caraun’s the other.

Caraun ReidDTs Caraun Reid and Haloti Ngata (Photo: Detroit Lions)

“I think he’s done a tremendous job just in terms of his approach to it. He looks good, increased his strength, his lean muscle has gone up, I mean, the whole gamut. So, hopefully we’ll see that translate when we get an opportunity to go out there and go after it.”

Reid, a fifth-round draft pick last year, is expected to be one of the pieces in the Lions’ new-look defensive tackle rotation. He played just 112 snaps as a rookie, but was receiving first-team reps in Wednesday’s open OTA practice alongside Ngata.

“He’s trained really hard, he’s in really good shape,” defensive coordinator Teryl Austin said of Reid. “He looks good right now. Obviously, we’ll have to wait and see once we get to pads where we are, but I like what he’s done so far.”

Reid had limited production (two tackles and one defended pass) in 12 games last year, but is expected to have a much bigger impact in year two.

Ngata, Reid, Tyrunn Walker, Gabe Wright and others are going to be tasked with trying to keep the interior of the Lions defensive line as fearsome as it’s been in past seasons.

Reid started 37 of 40 games at Princeton, finishing his collegiate career with 168 tackles (75 solo), 20.5 sacks one forced fumble, two fumble recoveries, 10 defended passes and one interception.

It’s not uncommon for a rookie like Reid, who played at a small school collegiately, to need a second offseason to get his body better prepared for the rigors and battles of the NFL trenches.

It appears he’s come in to the 2015 offseason much more equipped physically to handle those rigors.