As part of our season wrap-up series, we are going to examine how each player on the roster performed in 2014. Next, let's take a look at the Detroit Lions' offensive guards. (Note: Stats are from regular-season games only, and numbers for sacks, QB hits and QB hurries allowed are from Pro Football Focus.)
Rob Sims - 16 games (16 starts) | Allowed 5 sacks, 6 QB hits, 22 QB hurries
After having a down year in 2013, Sims got off to a rough start in 2014. For the first 11 or so weeks, his play was quite poor, but he really rebounded nicely down the stretch, especially in run blocking. What's more, Sims was the only Lions offensive lineman who started all 16 regular-season games, and that's quite impressive considering how many injuries there were at the other spots on the O-line.
Larry Warford - 13 games (13 starts) | Allowed 2 sacks, 2 QB hits, 12 QB hurries
Warford didn't play at nearly as high of a level as he did in his rookie season, and he had some injury issues in his sophomore campaign. Even so, he tied Riley Reiff for the top overall grade on PFF among the Lions' offensive linemen, and he's still clearly the most talented player in this group by a pretty wide margin.
Garrett Reynolds - 10 games (4 starts) | Allowed 3 sacks, 2 QB hits, 4 QB hurries
Reynolds returned to the Lions a week into the season after being let go during the final round of cuts, and he immediately stepped into the starting lineup at right tackle. The right tackle spot was far from good during his time as a starter, but I suppose that's not a huge surprise considering he was really out of position. Later in the season, after Cornelius Lucas jumped him on the depth chart at right tackle, Reynolds was forced into action at right guard on two separate occasions. Reynolds actually had his best game of the season in the playoffs, and overall, his versatility helped the Lions survive numerous injuries on the O-line.
Rodney Austin - 0 games (0 starts)
Just like in 2013, Austin received a promotion from the practice squad toward the end of November. Austin didn't actually get to play on offense, but he once again had an opportunity to spend some time on the 53-man roster.