Tomlinson ready to go if called upon to start

Posted Aug 26, 2015

If the season opener was being played tomorrow, rookie guard Laken Tomlinson says he'd be ready to start if called upon.

The Lions still have a little more than two weeks before their regular-season opener in San Diego, but if that game were being played tomorrow, rookie guard Laken Tomlinson says he’d be ready to start and play well.

Laken TomlinsonOL Laken Tomlinson (Photo: Gavin Smith / Detroit Lions)

“I’ve been working in and out with the first group, so I feel pretty comfortable with their tempo and I feel like hey, if it was Week 1, I’d be able to go out there and execute at a high level,” Tomlinson said.

The regular season doesn’t start tomorrow, obviously, which means Tomlinson still has two more weeks of practice and two preseason games to improve his craft.

But with starting right guard Larry Warford dealing with a high ankle sprain, and Manny Ramirez moving over to fill his spot, Tomlinson is currently in line to start. Of course that was the expectation all along after the Lions took Tomlinson in the first round of this year’s draft.

“I think (Tomlinson) is in a good spot,” offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi said. “Again, he’s a rookie, so he can always get better and I think he is getting better.

“You’re seeing every week there’s an improvement in this player. The talent is there, the want-to is there and for the most part he plays pretty good. There are lessons that a young player has to learn and he’s a quick learner.”

Tomlinson has come a long way over the last month in terms of his technique, tempo and understanding of the offense.

“Being the person who I am I don’t like to make the same mistakes twice,” he said. “So, if I make a mistake, I go and study it and I try and make sure that never happens again. That’s just the kind of person I am.”

That mentality has made Tomlinson a quick study and will serve him well if his name is called Week 1 in San Diego.