Tahir Whitehead

#59 LB / Detroit Lions / EXP: 5YRS Height: 6-2 Weight: 242 lb Age: 26 College: Temple Bye 9,18,19,20,21

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  • by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

    Lions' Tahir Whitehead: Set to compete for middle linebacker job

    The Lions told Whitehead that he will compete for the starting middle linebacker job, The Detroit Free Press reports. The Lions are expected to release 31-year-old Stephen Tulloch, who carries a $7.3 million cap hit for the final year of his contract. The team presumably wants a younger and cheaper starting middle linebacker, after Tulloch was largely limited to a two-down role in 2015. The 25-year-old Whitehead signed a two-year, $8 million contract last week, making him the favorite to take over Tulloch's old role, though Josh Bynes could also compete for the job. Whitehead started 24 games for Detroit over the past two years, playing both inside and outside linebacker, yet never quite earning a consistent every-down role. He should have the inside track to that role in 2016, potentially leading to IDP utility.

  • by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

    Lions' Tahir Whitehead: Re-signs with Lions

    The Lions and Whitehead agreed to terms of a two-year contract Thursday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. For the second season in a row, Whitehead received at least 50 percent of the Lions' defensive snaps in 2015, which he turned into 51 tackles (including two sacks), one interception, and one fumble recovery in 16 games. With DeAndre Levy (hip) expected to be healthy in the fall, Whitehead will likely man the other outside linebacker spot on most downs.

  • by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

    Lions' Tahir Whitehead: Records eight tackles and a sack

    Whitehead notched eight tackles (seven solo) and a sack in Sunday's win over the Packers. Whitehead was very impressive on Sunday as he helped the Lions' defense shut down a prolific Packers' offense in Green Bay, which ultimately led to a victory. Whitehead recorded his first sack of the season on a day where he put up by far his best numbers of the season. The fourth-year linebacker won't hold a ton of IDP value moving forward, but he could be good for a solid game or two like this every once in awhile.

  • by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

    Lions LB Tahir Whitehead bulking up to improve against run

    Lions third-year linebacker Tahir Whitehead is trying to maximize his run-stopping ability, so he spent time in the offseason trying to maximize his weight without sacrificing quickness. The result was a gain of seven poinds to 245. Whitehead was provided an opportunity to play last year when Stephen Tulloch went down three games in. But Tulluch has since recovered, which results in Whitehead competing with Kyle Van Noy for the starting strongside job. He certainly proved his worth in 2014. Whitehead racked up 12 tackles in his first start a year ago and finished the season with 86 as a full-time starter. But despite statistics that motivated Pro Football Focus to grade him out positively against the run, he felt he needed to put on some weight. "Watching back last season, sometimes in the run game, I wasn't as sturdy as I could have been," he told MLive.com. "I bulked up a bit to be more stout against the run."

  • by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst

    Stephen Tulloch to be starting MLB when he returns

    The Lions' Stephen Tulloch will start at middle linebacker again once he returns from the torn ACL he suffered Week 3 last year, reports MLive.com. "He's highly experienced and highly productive," coach Jim Caldwell told the website. "And he's a great leader." Tulloch, 30, is progressing well in his rehab, the report said, but it's unclear when he'll return. Tulloch had 135 tackles and 3.5 sacks in 2013, his last full season. Tahir Whitehead likely will fill in until Tulloch returns. Whitehead had 86 tackles and two interceptions last year.

  • by R.J. White | CBSSports.com

    Lions' Don Carey, Tahir Whitehead return to action Sunday

    Lions strong safety Don Carey and linebacker Tahir Whitehead both returned to Sunday's Wild Card game against the Cowboys after being deemed questionable in the third quarter. Both players were diagnosed with dehydration, but both were able to make it back onto the field before the end of the third quarter. The Lions have a 20-14 lead heading into the fourth quarter.

  • by R.J. White | CBSSports.com

    Lions' Pettigrew, Whitehead, Carey questionable to return Sunday

    Lions tight end Brandon Pettigrew, linebacker Tahir Whitehead and strong safety Don Carey are questionable to return to Sunday's Wild Card game against the Cowboys, the team announced. Pettigrew is being evaluated for a concussion. Whitehead and Carey are dealing with dehydration.

  • by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

    Lions unveil final injury report for Week 15

    Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley (knee) was ruled out for Sunday's clash against the Vikings, according to the team's final injury report released on Friday. Running back Reggie Bush (ankle) and linebacker Tahir Whitehead (shoulder) were deemed questionable. Meanwhile, linebacker Josh Bynes (illness), safety James Ihedigbo (illness), defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh (illness), wide receiver Calvin Johnson (ankle), cornerback Darius Slay (shoulder) and tackle LaAdrian Waddle (concussion) were ruled probable for Week 15.

  • by Michael Hurcomb | Fantasy Writer

    Tahir Whitehead takes over at MLB for Lions

    The Lions have decided to move Tahir Whitehead into the starting lineup at middle linebacker, replacing the injured Stephen Tulloch, who is out for the season due to a knee injury. "It puts you right in the middle of the defense," Whitehead said, per ESPN. "It allows you to be able to flow sideline to sideline, as you saw with Tully over the years, make a lot of plays playing in the middle. It frees you up to do a lot."

  • Lions go heavy on CBs, LBs

    News: The Lions drafted three cornerbacks and three linebackers in April's draft, all of them with picks in Round 3 or later. The three cornerbacks are Louisiana-Lafayette's Dwight Bentley, Albion's Chris Greenwood and New Mexico State's Jonte Green. The linebackers are Oklahoma's Ronnell Lewis (who might play some defensive end), Temple's Tahir Whitehead and Oklahoma's Travis Lewis. Bentley's a tough, physical cornerback who might compete for a roster spot while Greenwood and Green's speed should help them land some work on special teams. Ronnell Lewis will definitely work on special teams and might move into a role as a pass rusher for the Lions as a defensive lineman while Travis Lewis is a tackling machine. Whitehead has good skills and can work in pass coverage as an outside linebacker.
    Analysis: These guys all have some nice potential to help the Lions -- eventually. Bentley has the best chance to start the soonest and Whitehead and both Lewises have some long-term potential, but none of them are worth anything more than late-round picks in deeper rookie-only drafts. Greenwood and Green will take a while to be helpful for Fantasy owners.