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Camp Spotlight: Tackle Rick Wagner


Position: Right tackle

Ht/Wt: 6-6, 310

College: Wisconsin

Experience: 5th season

Outlook: Wagner was one of the big free-agent signings by general manager Bob Quinn this offseason. He and veteran right guard T.J. Lang form a new-look right side to Detroit's offensive line.

View photos of Rick Wagner during the Detroit Lions training camp practice on Aug. 4, 2017.

Wagner spent the last four seasons in Baltimore, where he started the last three seasons. He allowed just two sacks in 15 games a year ago, and has allowed just 4.5 sacks total over the last three years. He was graded as the eighth-best right tackle in football last season by Pro Football Focus.

He brings veteran leadership to Detroit's offensive line and a no-nonsense approach to the right side. He's an upgrade at the position.

Practice report: Wagner's size and athleticism jumped out at practice today.

In a team session, Wagner twice was able to get to the second level and cut off linebackers Antwione Williams and Jarrad Davis to help spring his running back.

In a goal line team drill, Zach Zenner found the end zone from two yards out running right over Wagner, who plowed the way beautifully for him.

In one-on-one pass-rushing drills, Wagner went up against Kerry Hyder Jr. and easily won the matchup. In fact, Hyder didn't even get to the hanging bag that represents the quarterback.

Wagner seems to be fitting in very well anchoring the right side of Detroit's offensive line.

Quotable: "We have it clicking a little bit here," Wagner said of the offense's progression over the first week of camp. "And it's just amazing how fast this offense can gain yards, so, I'm definitely excited about it."

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