Ndamukong Suh passing on knowledge to Ezekiel Ansah

Posted Jun 10, 2013

Suh told reporters at his football camp over the weekend that he’s taken Ansah under his wing, teaching him some of what he's learned over three years

Ndamukong Suh told reporters last month that leadership has to come natural. It's not something that can be forced or manufactured.
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Suh's status as a fourth-year player and two-time Pro Bowler should hold weight in that department with some of the Lions' younger players.

Suh told reporters at his football camp over the weekend that he's been trying to drop some of the knowledge he's gained over three NFL seasons on rookie Ezekiel "Ziggy" Ansah.

"Ziggy – we're just talking," Suh said. "Kyle (Vanden Bosch) was that guy last year. Kyle's obviously not here unfortunately due to the NFL and the way things go. So it gives me an opportunity to be able to do that."

Suh said Ansah has been running with the first-team defense "in and out" this offseason and has been a quick learner.

"You seeing me speak up, we're all just communicating and having a good time and understanding where we're supposed to be," Suh said.

Ansah is expected to be a major contributor this season after the Lions made him the No. 5-overall pick in April's draft.

For his part, Suh wants to win football games. He's only been on the winning side of 20 games in his first three seasons.

The faster Ansah learns his craft, the better chance Suh and the Lions have to win more games. Suh said he's kind of taken Ansah under his wing.

"No question," Suh said. "I think we're all taking each other under each others wings. Willie's (Young) obviously old enough, myself. (Jason Jones) is learning the ropes as well as C.J. (Mosley) and Nick (Fairley).

"We're all able to help each other and definitely – without question – if Ziggy needs something from me, he can ask for it and I'll be there to help him."