Fairley named one of the 10 most pivotal players in NFL this season

Posted by ttwentyman on May 11, 2012 – 10:38 am

ESPN NFL Insider Bill Polian’s list of 10 pivotal players in the NFL this season includes Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley.

Fairley showed flashes of brilliance as a rookie last year, but dealt with a broken foot all season. Fairley suffered the injury the second day of training camp and missed the entire preseason and the first four games of the regular season. He missed six regular-season games in all and was never 100-percent.

“Fairley could be the missing piece in making the Detroit defense dominant,” Polian wrote. “If the big Auburn alum can reach his potential, a trio of him, Ndamukong Suh and the emerging Corey Williams could make the Lions’ D-line extremely hard to handle up the middle and wreak havoc on the pocket (which will help an improving secondary).

“I still think the Lions need more from the running back position to be legitimate title contenders, but if Fairley steps up, an already improved defense will be taken to another level.”

Fairley has been participating fully in the offseason training program and the Lions have huge expectations for their first-round pick last year.


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10 Responses to “Fairley named one of the 10 most pivotal players in NFL this season”

  1. By Oldcat on May 11, 2012 | Reply

    It’s going to depend on Fairley’s mindset. How serious will he be about being the best he can be? There’s no doubt he’s a rare physical specimen with tons of talent potential. Yet all of that is a waste if he’s content to take the money and do just enough to keep a job. If he’s content being average it will be a shame. We can only hope that him and Suh challenge each other to take their games to higher levels and become the best DT tandem in the league. If there’s actually a situation where Fairley and Suh compete to out perform each other, it could get exciting.

  2. By Kenny on May 11, 2012 | Reply

    I agree Oldcat. You see it all too often in this league (a player with unlimited upside) taking the money and finding contentment with the status-quo. I hope he takes advantage of learning from some of the best staff and trainers this league has to offer. To see N’Suh and Fairly together all season while healthy and competitive would be an awesome feeling!

    Go Lions!!!!!!!!

  3. By bigwalt2990 on May 11, 2012 | Reply

    I agree about Fairley, but to put Williams in that sentence is a bit disappointing. Willie Young, LoJack, and Sammy Hill are more promising DL players.

  4. By redwingliger on May 11, 2012 | Reply

    I for one can’t wait to see a healthy Nick Fairly disrupting things in the opposing backfield. GO LIONS!!!

  5. By russbell on May 11, 2012 | Reply

    yes nick will be alot better this year i like to see them roll the dt in and out
    also willie young should have a breakout year and has beefed up

  6. By mike on May 12, 2012 | Reply

    He did appear a bit lazy last year….time to step it up….

  7. By derek on May 13, 2012 | Reply

    if fairly and suh compete to out perform each other people are going to get gurt. lol and teams will be afraid to play them.

  8. By Brandon on May 13, 2012 | Reply

    Willie young is gonna be a beast this year and so will fairley and if both have a break out season they wont even need a “good” corner because the qbs wont have no time to throw or to step up to throw because the d-line will swallow them qbs up. also calvin johnson will have over 20 td catches this year…. Go Lions!!!

  9. By Detroit Lions Junkie on May 18, 2012 | Reply

    Nick Fairley is gonna take the league by storm this year!

  10. By Sean on May 20, 2012 | Reply

    I really hope you guys are right about Fairley because I was very disgusted with his performance last season. Even when he was healthy enough to be on the field he looked very lethargic and disinterested. Reminded me of another very talented but lazy player (Ex-Lion Shaun Rogers). I really want him to bring it this year and as already stated, finally start earning his keep.

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