Tackle Riley Reiff voted Mel Farr Rookie of the Year

Posted by ttwentyman on January 13, 2013 – 2:05 pm

The Lions selected tackle Riley Reiff with the No. 23 pick in last year’s draft and were immediately impressed by his versatility.

Impressed enough, in fact, they created a special jumbo package for him this season to get him on the field when he didn’t supplanted Jeff Backus or Gosder Cherilus as a starting tackle. Reiff did play 329 snaps as a rookie and made one start when Backus was injured on Thanksgiving, holding his own in that contest.

Reiff’s time on the field this season confirmed what the Lions thought of him on draft day – that he has a long future on their offensive line. His teammates must think the same thing, too, voting Reiff the Mel Farr Rookie of the Year.

“Our coach did a great job of finding a way to get him involved in it and getting him on the field,” Lions general manager Martin Mayhew said of Reiff after the season. “He showed he belonged when he was out there, so we’re excited about what he brings to the table. I suspect he’ll be a good player for us for a long time.

“He can play four spots (both tackle and guard spots). They could evolve over time, but I see him at tackle right now.”

The Mel Farr Award is presented to the team’s outstanding rookie performer. This award is given in honor of the Lions’ Mel Farr who enjoyed one of the finest rookie campaigns in team history. In that 1967 season, Farr led Detroit in both rushing (860 yards on 206 carries) and receiving (39 catches for 317 yards) and tied for the club lead in scoring with six touchdowns. As a result, he was named the Lions’ Offensive MVP and was honored as the NFL Rookie of the Year by the Sporting News.

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13 Responses to “Tackle Riley Reiff voted Mel Farr Rookie of the Year”

  1. By GuyB1958 on Jan 13, 2013 | Reply

    This is in and of itself a total joke….. a guy that didn’t play half of the season, on a team that goes 4 and 12, and he wins the rookie of the year award by his team…… Yeah, that really says a lot

  2. By Bradley L. on Jan 13, 2013 | Reply

    With Cherilus leaving, next year is Reiff’s time to shine at RT while grooming gor his future on the left side. If the Lions hope to make it back to the playoffs in 2013, they must focus on defense this off-season.


  3. By ghost on Jan 13, 2013 | Reply

    Congrats to Riley.

    However, whatching the playoffs I can see the Lions have a loooonnngggg way to go before they can compete. The owners have to ask themselves why are we consistantly bad while other clubs are consistantly good. Why do other teams pick up great players who are working in car lots or grocery stores and we don’t know how to get a good secondary?

    If you keep doing what you are doing you keep getting what you are getting.

  4. By kickaxe on Jan 13, 2013 | Reply

    What a Joke! This guy couldn’t supplant Cherilus or Backus and was a first round pick.. That goes to show how TERRIBLE Mayhew’s drafting is/has been.

  5. By Rick on Jan 13, 2013 | Reply

    Reiff is a very talented player with good upside. He is known to be a quality run blocker which is one the biggest weaknesses of the Lions. So, exactly why did the Lions brass keep him essentially on the bench on a 4 and 12 team? He could have gained a tremendous amount of experience. At the very least, he should have rotated with Backus or Cherilous or both.

  6. By George on Jan 13, 2013 | Reply

    Look I like Riley Reiff A LOT…but does ROY count if he was the only rookie that we drafted this year to actually play LOL…before you go and get all crazy I know we had other rooks play I’m just sayin…:)

  7. By zvikes on Jan 14, 2013 | Reply

    It says a lot about the other players that they drafted last year that an a guy that normally only got on the field during a special package was still better than anyone else they could’ve chosen.

  8. By LionHeart on Jan 14, 2013 | Reply

    Congrats to Riley. He was a great pickup and will continue to be a powerful addition to the Lions offense. He is a great blocker and can really move. He also seems like a hard worker and a humble guy.

  9. By rockbo1955 on Jan 15, 2013 | Reply

    Riley did a great job and he is the future of the lions and the future looks much brighter! This team was 10-6 in 2011 and this year was a bad year all the off field trouble and Titus meltdown and all the injuries and those our not excuse but to fire a coach who had this offense running on all cylinders and the head coach be cause he had a set back and they should not have rely on best and Leashore was a very disappointing he had the worst stats of the rb bell had the best numbers and should be held on to! So yes I am A 46 year fan and the fickle fans of today our so into off with there heads mentality! its a shame I blame fantasy football for the lazy boy gm/head coach/owner wanna be for all the negative comments about the lions! well I am a fan of the DETROIT LIONS! and proud of it!

  10. By simms on Jan 15, 2013 | Reply

    Riley, get out while you can, you will become another Backus and never have a winning season, 15 years in the league and never go past a wild card game if your extremely lucky, you and CJ need to run as fast as you can from the fords, they have been losing since the 1050′s, look at the lions histrory, it speaks for itself,,run, run! RUN FASTTTTTTTTTTTTTT!!!!!

  11. By Tom Kenney on Jan 15, 2013 | Reply

    Agree with Rockbo1955 “fickle fans” needing their instant gratification. They are the first to jump ship like little rats. Be a true fan and take the good with the bad. Riley Reiff and Calvin Johnson are intregal parts of the Detroit Lions future and will not jump ship for personal glory or success. The reason being, both are high character, selfless team players. I’m not going to comment here on who needs to go from this team, not my decisions to make. It’s as obvious to the coaching staff and management as it is to most of us. So calm down and let the folks that get paid to mold this team do there job. You don’t like those decisions, jump ship. I’m sure there will always be room on the band wagon if and when the ship gets turned. Of course then we will have to listen to the “I’ve always been a Lion’s fan”!

  12. By ghost on Jan 15, 2013 | Reply

    Well Tom I support your position. I have taken the bad with the bad since 1957. Before that I watched Bobby Layne lead the team to respecability. I’ve always been a Lion fan since the early 50s so after decades of pain and suffering I have the right to bitch. I have said before and will keep saying that a consitant success or failure of an organization starts at the top and firing middle managment does not work.

  13. By Tom Kenney on Jan 16, 2013 | Reply

    Ghost – I too support your position. I probably should not even have responded to these previous posts. The one that prompted me to was the one telling Reiff and Johnson to “get out while you can”. We all have our own ideas about what would improve this team and it DOES start at the top, so unless the Ford’s back away from this team we are stuck with who they hire to manage the team. The players do have to buy into a system, and that is what frustrates me the most. Penalties and lack of effort by a few of the starters sabatoges any progress this team makes. Your point about not being able to put a good secondary on the field is spot on. We have the draft strategy of grabbing the best athlete available, which is great IF you have all the pieces in place already. We don’t!

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