Riley Reiff isn't the only Detroit Lions offensive lineman without a clear idea of what his primary position will be in 2013. On the interior of the offensive line, guys like Bill Nagy and Rodney Austin have the potential to play multiple positions, and both are expected to see time at offensive guard and center this year.
How exactly will the Lions split up their time at each position? Lions head coach Jim Schwartz talked about both players on Wednesday:
Schwartz said Bill Nagy is 50-50 OG/C, Rodney Austin is more like 80/20 or 75/25 a guard— Dave Birkett (@davebirkett) March 20, 2013
Nagy's versatility is a big reason why the Lions claimed him off waivers from the Dallas Cowboys last summer. If he can stay healthy, he will be one of the favorites to take over for Stephen Peterman at right guard, and perhaps we could see him push Dominic Raiola for the starting center job. At the very least, it looks like he will get playing time at both positions in the preseason.
As for Austin, his focus will primarily be on playing offensive guard. He is also expected to be among the favorites to start at right guard, but he has even less experience than Nagy. If Austin doesn't end up winning the starting right guard job, a big part of simply making the 53-man roster will be his ability to potentially fill in at center and left guard. That's why the Lions aren't going to have him spend 100 percent of his time at one position.