ALLEN PARK, Mich. If youre not running the ball effectively enough with five offensive linemen, why not try six?
The Detroit Lions have been doing that more and more in recent weeks, and it paid off in Sundays 31-14 victory at Jacksonville with a season-high 149 yards rushing.
Coach Jim Schwartz said rookie offensive tackle Riley Reiff, the clubs first-round draft pick, deserves a lot of credit for that production. Reiff (6-foot-6, 313 pounds) has been entering the game at times as an eligible receiver to give the Lions some more beef up front.
When Reiff is in there, the weight of the Lions offensive line soars to 1,873 pounds.
Hes given our run game an incredible boost, Schwartz said Monday during his weekly news conference. The offensive line has blocked very well. I think weve seen probably the most consistent and most productive run game since Ive been here. A lot of it has to do with attitude upfront. Rileys a big part of that.
Reiff has actually started three of the las...