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Riley Reiff
T #71
Height:
6-6
Weight:
313
Age:
25
College:
Iowa
Hometown:
Parkston, SD
Experience:
3

Quick Stats (2014):

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3
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3
Career Stats
SeasonTeamGames
GGS
TOTAL 35 27
2014 DET 3 3
2013 DET 16 16
2012 DET 16 8
Recent Games
WKOppResult
1 NYG W 35-14
2 @CAR L 7-24
3 GB W 19-7

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Biography

Third-year tackle who took over the Lions’ starting left tackle duties after earning considerable playing time as a first-round draft choice in 2012. Possesses natural force and size that will continue to anchor the Lions offensive line in 2014.

MANE FACTS

  • Pronunciation: REEF
  • Voted by his teammates for the Mel Farr Rookie of the Year Award in 2012.

TRANSACTIONS

  • Drafted by the Detroit Lions in the first round (23rd overall) of the 2012 NFL Draft.

PRO
Third-year tackle who took over the Lions’ starting left tackle duties after earning considerable playing time as a first-round draft choice in 2012. Possesses natural force and size that will continue to anchor the Lions offensive line in 2014.

2013: Starting left tackle who started all 16 games and helped pave the way for 15 rushing touchdowns and an average of 392.1 net yards per game, the sixth-best mark in the league. Part of unit that ranked second in the NFL in sacks allowed (23).

  • Started at left tackle in Week 1 vs. Minnesota (9/8) and helped the Lions gain 481 yards of total offense.
  • Part of the Lions offensive line in Week 3 at Washington (9/22) that helped Detroit’s offense gain 448 yards and score three touchdowns against the Redskins while allowing just one sack.
  • Contributed to an offensive line effort that helped the Lions churn up 159 yards on the ground in Week 4 vs. Chicago (9/29).
  • Paved the way for Detroit’s offense to gain 118 yards on the ground as the line allowed just one sack in Week 6 at Cleveland (10/13).
  • In Week 7 vs. Cincinnati (10/20), added to an offensive line effort that helped Detroit’s offense gain 434 yards and score three touchdowns against the Bengals, while not allowing a sack.
  • Key cog in the offensive line play that helped the Lions set a franchise single-game record by accumulating 638 total offensive yards (143 rushing, 480 passing) in Week 8 vs. Dallas (10/27). They broke the previous record of 591 yards vs. New York Yanks November 23, 1950
    • It was the first time in team history that the Lions offense accumulated over 600 total yards in a game.
  • Helped the Lions rush for 145 yards while not allowing a sack in Week 10 at Chicago (11/10).
  • Part of the Lions offensive line in Week 11 at Pittsburgh (11/17) that helped Detroit’s offense gain 451 yards and score three touchdowns.
  • Paved the way for the Lions to chew up 104 yards rushing on the ground in Week 12 vs. Tampa Bay (11/24).
  • Blocked for the Detroit running backs as the Lions gained 241 yards on the ground vs. Green Bay (11/28) on Thanksgiving. This was the team’s highest rushing output since the Lions gained 249 yards vs. Indianapolis November 23, 1997.
    • The 241 rushing yards vs. Green Bay (11/28) marked the first time the Lions gained 200+ rushing yards since they chewed up 215 yards vs. Arizona on December 5, 2004.
  • Guided the Lions ground game to rushing touchdowns from RBs Joique Bell and Theo Riddick, respectively, in Week 16 vs. New York Giants (12/22).

2012: Proved his toughness by earning a rotating spot in the Lions offensive line. Saw primary action at the tight end slot in an unbalanced line formation and earned his first career start in Week 4 vs. Minnesota (9/30).

  • Played on field goal protect unit and also appeared as third tackle on goal-line, short yardage offense in NFL debut against St. Louis (9/9) and Week 2 at San Francisco (9/16).
  • Started first career game as tight end in unbalanced line formation vs. Minnesota (9/30). Saw additional time in unbalanced and short yardage situations throughout the game. Also helped man line on field goal unit team.
  • Saw action again as tight end in unbalanced line formation at Philadelphia in Week 6 (10/14). Helped on short yardage situations and field goal unit team as well in the Lions’ 26-23 overtime win over the Eagles.
  • Played a pivotal role as a rotating member of the offensive in the Lions 31-14 win at Jacksonville in Week 9 as the unit helped pave the way for 149 rushing yards and four combined rushing touchdowns from RBs Mikel Leshoure and Joique Bell.
  • Started his first career game at left tackle in place of injured LT Jeff Backus and helped lead the Lions ground game to two rushing touchdowns in Week 12 vs. Houston on Thanksgiving Day (11/22).
  • Contributed to an offensive line effort that allowed zero sacks against the Colts’ pass rush in Week 13 vs. Indianapolis (12/2).
  • Rotated in the offensive line in Week 14 at Green Bay (12/9) and also returned a short kickoff for 10 yards.

COLLEGE
Started in 37-of-39 games in his three-year career at Iowa and was one of five juniors named to the 2011 Leadership Group.

  • As a senior in 2011, named First Team All-American by Pro Football Weekly, third team All-American by College Football Madness and fourth team All-American by Phil Steele as a junior. Also received honorable mention All-American by SI.com as well as First Team All-Big Ten by coaches and media. Started all 13 games at left tackle for the Hawkeyes that season.
  • As a sophomore Reiff started at right tackle where the Iowa offense gained 403 yards of total offense in the team’s 24-14 FedEx Orange Bowl win over Georgia Tech in 2010, the Hawkeyes’ first major bowl win since the 1959 Rose Bowl.

PERSONAL
Named South Dakota Gatorade Player of the Year as a senior captain at Parkston High School and was a two-time South Dakota Elite 45 team selection under head coach Jon Mitchel.

  • Received First Team All-State honors at defensive end as a sophomore and junior, as well as First Team All-State honors at tight end as a senior.
  • Recorded 261 career tackles, 23 sacks and eight interceptions. Also caught 27 passes for 321 yards and nine touchdowns.
  • Also lettered in wrestling, golf and track and was a three-time wrestling champion with a career record of 121-1.
  • Son of Jo and Tom Reiff.

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