As part of our season wrap-up series, we are going to examine how each player on the roster performed in 2013. Next, let's take a look at the Detroit Lions' offensive tackles. (Note: Numbers for sacks, QB hits and QB hurries allowed are according to Pro Football Focus.)
Riley Reiff - 16 games (16 starts) | Allowed 7 sacks, 8 QB hits, 34 QB hurries
In his first season as a full-time starter at left tackle, Reiff had a somewhat inconsistent year. He routinely had a good performance one week only to follow it up with a bad performance the next week. I suppose that's not a huge surprise for someone in his first year starting, but Reiff did end up with a +3.6 grade on PFF.
LaAdrian Waddle - 12 games (8 starts) | Allowed 0 sacks, 8 QB hits, 17 QB hurries
Waddle was first forced into action in Week 7 at left tackle when injuries piled up. From Week 8 on, he was the Lions' starting right tackle, although he basically missed two games down the stretch because of injuries. In any case, Waddle had a strong rookie year, earning a +7.9 grade despite only being a starter for half of the season. Not bad for an undrafted free agent.
Jason Fox - 8 games (3 starts) | Allowed 1 sack, 1 QB hit, 2 QB hurries
Fox won the starting right tackle job in training camp, but he was once again unable to stay healthy. He got hurt early in the season opener, and he suffered another injury upon returning in Week 5. He did get playing time here or there as a backup after finally getting healthy, and he made a start in Week 17. Overall, he finished with a -1.9 grade on PFF for his play in 2013. (A -4.2 in the snow in Philadelphia really hurt his grade; he was forced into action in that game after Waddle got hurt.)
Corey Hilliard - 9 games (7 starts) | Allowed 1 sack, 1 QB hit, 14 QB hurries
Hilliard stepped in as the Lions' starter at right tackle for the first half of the season because Fox was banged up. Hilliard struggled in the first game of the season, but he did a decent job of bouncing back, and he finished with a -1.5 grade by season's end. In 2013, Hilliard was essentially the starter at right tackle for half of the season and the top backup for the other half.