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35 Miles Killebrew SAF

Detroit Lions

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October 28, 2020 08:52 PM
Lions' Miles Killebrew: Clear of injury report
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Killebrew (personal) is absent from Detroit's injury report Wednesday.

The 27-year-old missed Sunday's win over the Falcons for personal reasons, but he's back with the team for the start of practice this week. Killebrew has exclusively played special teams for the Lions this season.

October 24, 2020 06:28 PM
Lions' Miles Killebrew: Unavailable against Falcons
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Killebrew (personal) won't play in Sunday's game versus the Falcons, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports.

Killebrew has operated exclusively on special teams this season, so his absence won't shake up the defensive dynamic. His next chance to suit up will be Week 8 against the Colts.

March 20, 2020 09:12 PM
Lions' Miles Killebrew: Re-ups in Detroit
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Killebrew re-signed with the Lions on Friday.

Since being selected by the Lions in the fourth round of the 2016 NFL Draft, Killebrew has played 63 of 64 regular-season games and posted 93 tackles, six pass breakups and an interception. The Lions may address their secondary needs through the draft, but Killebrew will have to compete for a starting role regardless.

November 15, 2019 05:48 PM
Lions' Miles Killebrew: Clear of concussion
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Killebrew (concussion) doesn't have an injury designation for Sunday's game against the Cowboys.

Killebrew sat out last week's loss to the Bears due to the concussion, but he was able to clear the concussion protocol to practice fully Thursday and Friday. The 26-year-old should serve his usual role on special teams for the Lions.

November 14, 2019 06:24 PM
Lions' Miles Killebrew: Practices in full Thursday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Killebrew (concussion) was a full participant in Thursday's practice.

Killebrew hasn't yet officially cleared the league's concussion protocol, but Thursday's full practice session is certainly a notable step in the right direction. He'll still need to meet with an independent neurologist before retaking the field. When the depth safety is cleared to return, he'll resume playing his usual role on special teams.

November 8, 2019 10:00 PM
Lions' Miles Killebrew: Out with concussion
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Killebrew is out for Sunday's contest against the Bears due to a concussion.

Killebrew was originally thought to have suffered a general head injury, but his status was updated to a concussion on Friday's injury report. The safety is mainly known as a special teams mainstay, but his absence will hurt the Lions' depth in the secondary as well.

January 18, 2019 05:08 PM
Lions' Miles Killebrew: Special-teams mainstay in 2018
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Killebrew tallied five tackles in 16 games during the 2018 season.

Killebrew did nothing to separate himself in the offseason and ultimately saw the field for just one defensive snap in 2018. His physical tools are undeniable, but he hasn't found a way to get on the field despite being experimented with at both safety and linebacker. His roster spot is probably safe for the time being given his insignificant cap hit, but Killebrew has a lot of work to do in order to resurface on the IDP radar.

August 10, 2018 12:56 PM
Lions' Miles Killebrew: Dabbling at linebacker
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Killebrew worked exclusively as a linebacker in individual drills this week, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.

Killebrew has worked as the No. 5 safety in offseason workouts and doesn't have a clear defensive role in advance of the 2018 season. There's been no word on whether his position change is permanent, but the Lions nonetheless seem intent on finding ways to get the third-year player on the field this season. At 6-foot-2 and 222 pounds, Killebrew possesses favorable size for a dime- and nickel-package linebacker, and creative head coach Matt Patricia could experiment with a number of different alignments to take advantage of Killebrew's notorious physicality.

January 10, 2018 08:00 PM
Lions' Miles Killebrew: Regresses in second season
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Killebrew recorded 38 tackles, five PBUs, one interception, one forced fumble and one touchdown across 16 games in 2017.

Killebrew, a 2016 fourth-rounder, was expected to take on an expanded role during his second season, particularly after starter Tavon Wilson (shoulder) was placed on injured reserve in late November. He started the new campaign off in style, too, as the Southern Utah product notched his first career pick-six in the season opener. However, his playing time dwindled as the year went on and Detroit ultimately chose to convert cornerback Quandre Diggs to safety to fill Wilson's void instead of Killebrew. The once-promising IDP prospect has lost quite a bit of his luster and will proceed into the 2018 offseason as Diggs' clear backup.

November 27, 2017 02:04 PM
Lions' Miles Killebrew: Opportunity knocks with Wilson out
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Killebrew is expected to take on extended snaps at safety for the rest of the season with Tavon Wilson (shoulder) headed for injured reserve, Justin Rogers of The Detroit News reports.

Killebrew started in Week 3 against the Falcons after Wilson aggravated his shoulder for a second time this season, with the 24-year-old taking advantage of the opportunity by producing a career-high nine tackles across 53 snaps. He settled into a backup role thereafter, but with the Lions opting to shut down Wilson following his third aggravation of the shoulder in the Thanksgiving Day loss to the Vikings, Killebrew will presumably move into a starting role alongside free safety Glover Quin. Based on the tackle production he provided in Wilson's stead earlier this season, Killebrew could be an intriguing option in IDP settings over the final quarter of the campaign.

September 26, 2017 10:32 AM
Lions' Miles Killebrew: Logs first career start Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Killebrew was a starter in Sunday's 30-26 loss to the Falcons and tallied eight total tackles.

With starter Tavon Wilson (shoulder) sidelined, Killebrew logged his first career start Sunday and fared pretty well considering he ultimately led the team in tackles. Meanwhile, the second-year safety has also developed into an integral part of the Lions' special teams unit, which only affords him more opportunities to rack up the stats. It isn't clear how much longer Wilson will remain sidelined, but, in any case, Killebrew figures to continue seeing a decent amount of playing time.

September 19, 2017 07:00 PM
Lions' Miles Killebrew: Making strides in second season
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Killebrew recorded four tackles and a pass deflection in Monday's 24-10 victory over the Giants.

Killebrew was penciled in as the No. 3 safety entering the season, but it seems the Lions are tasking him with even more responsibility now after his coming-out party in the season opener in which Killebrew recorded his first career pick-six. In fact, Killebrew's 42 defensive snaps Monday was significantly greater than that of starter Tavon Wilson, who garnered 23. If he can maintain his productive ways as the season unfolds, it wouldn't be a surprise to see Killebrew outright displace Wilson as the first-string strong safety.

September 6, 2017 05:12 PM
Lions' Miles Killebrew: Absent from injury report
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Killebrew was absent from Wednesday's injury report.

Killebrew missed each of the Lions' final two exhibitions with an undisclosed injury. Since he no longer appears on the injury report, it's safe to assume he'll be ready to go when Sunday's season opener rolls around.

August 27, 2017 08:16 PM
Lions' Miles Killebrew: Nursing unspecified injury
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Killebrew (undisclosed) didn't play in Friday's preseason game against the Patriots, Kyle Meinke of MLive Media Group reports.

The nature of Killebrew's injury wasn't specified, and it isn't clear how long he could be out. He's locked into a roster spot, so it wouldn't be a huge deal if he was forced to miss the preseason finale.

April 3, 2017 01:00 AM
Lions' Miles Killebrew: Expected to mostly play safety
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Lions general manager Bob Quinn said Killebrew is a safety first, Tim Twentyman of the team's official website reports. "He's a safety, first and foremost," Quinn said. "I mean, you can call him what you want to call him. You can call him a dime linebacker, you can call him ... there's different terms. You know, he can play down near the box because of his size, but he's a safety."

Listed at 6-foot-2, 222 pounds, Killebrew is one of the bigger safeties in the league and could thus get playing time as a linebacker in sub packages. The Lions aren't ruling out the possibility, but it sounds as if they mostly plan to use the 2016 fourth-round selection at his natural position. Killebrew could challenge incumbent Tavon Wilson for the starting job at strong safety.

December 28, 2016 06:00 PM
Lions' Miles Killebrew: Practices fully Wednesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Killebrew (eye) was a full participant in practice Wednesday.

Killebrew suffered an eye injury in Monday's loss to Dallas and was unable to return. His return to practice suggests the injury isn't very serious and shouldn't limit him in Sunday's regular-season finale against the Packers.

December 26, 2016 11:35 PM
Lions' Miles Killebrew: Suffers eye injury
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Killebrew injured his eye during Monday night's game against the Cowboys and is doubtful to return, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports.

The details of Killebrew's eye injury aren't clear. With roughly four minutes left in the game, it's extremely doubtful he makes a return.

May 10, 2016 08:02 PM
Lions' Miles Killebrew: Competing at strong safety
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Killebrew will compete with Rafael Bush and Tavon Wilson for the Lions' starting strong safety position, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.

The Lions set at the free safety position with veteran Glover Quinn (ankle), but the strong safety job looks to be an open and intense competition. Initially there was concern about Killebrew's coverage ability, but he'll be given every chance to prove he can handle coverage at the NFL level, where he'll likely be asked to cover tight ends. Due to the veteran presence of Bush and Wilson, it would be surprising if Killebrew became the team's Week 1 starter, but it is likely that he gets some backup snaps to start the year.

May 10, 2016 08:02 PM
Lions' Miles Killebrew: Competing at strong safety
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Killebrew will compete with Rafael Bush and Tavon Wilson for the Lions' starting strong safety position, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.

The Lions set at the free safety position with veteran Glover Quinn (ankle), but the strong safety job looks to be an open and intense competition. Initially there was concern about Killebrew's coverage ability, but he'll be given every chance to prove he can handle coverage at the NFL level, where he'll likely be asked to cover tight ends. Due to the veteran presence of Bush and Wilson, it would be surprising if Killebrew became the team's Week 1 starter, but it is likely that he gets some backup snaps to start the year.

April 30, 2016 01:03 PM
Lions' Miles Killebrew: Lions take hard-hitting safety in fourth round
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Lions selected Killebrew in the fourth round of the 2016 NFL Draft, 111th overall.

Killebrew earned a reputation as a big-tiime hitter during his time at Southern Utah. He can come up and help out in run support and his size (6-2, 217) will allow him to hold up at the next level. There are questions about his instincts and coverage skills, and if he can't adjust, he could have to transition to an outside linebacker/hybrid safety type of role. The fact that the Lions took Killebrew in the fourth round suggests they view him as an eventual starting candidate.

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Player Info

Height/Weight:
6-2/222
Birthdate:
05/10/1993
Age:
27
Hometown:
Anderson, IN, USA
School:
Southern Utah
NFL Experience:
5
Awards: