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59 Tahir Whitehead OLB

Detroit Lions

Fantasy Stats
Own%Start%
1%0%
Key Stats
GPTot TcklSacksIntTDsFF
16502.0100

Player Updates

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Lions' Tahir Whitehead: Records eight tackles and a sack
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Tahir 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 Detroit 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.

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Lions LB Tahir Whitehead bulking up to improve against run
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

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."

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Stephen Tulloch to be starting MLB when he returns
by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst

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.

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Schedule
WeekDateOpp.TDSacksIntFF
19/13/15SD0000
29/20/15MIN0000
39/27/15DEN0000
410/5/15SEA0000
510/11/15ARI0000
610/18/15CHI0000
710/25/15MIN0000
811/1/15KC0000
1011/15/15GB01.000
1111/22/15OAK0000
1211/26/15PHI0000
1312/3/15GB0000
1412/13/15STL0000
1512/21/15NO0000
1612/27/15SF0000
171/3/16CHI01.010
WeekDateOpponentTime/Result
Defensive Stats
YearTeamGTotalTklAstSacksIntYdsAvgLgTDPass Def
2012Detroit Lions14118.030000.0000
2013Detroit Lions1697.020000.0000
2014Detroit Lions168663.0230221.0205
2015Detroit Lions165039.011212626.02606
TOTAL62156117.03923289.326011
Fumbles
YearTeamGFumLostFum ForcedOwn RecOpp RecYdsTot RecTD
2012Detroit Lions1400100000
2013Detroit Lions1600100000
2014Detroit Lions1600000000
2015Detroit Lions1600001010
TOTAL6200201010
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Player Info

Height/Weight:
6-2/242
Birthdate:
4/2/1990
Age:
25
Hometown:
Jersey City, NJ, USA
School:
Temple
NFL Experience:
4
Awards:
2016 Super Bowl
Super Bowl
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