“He’s making plays, so of course, he doesn’t look like a rookie,” Moore said. “He’s a grown man. That’s why they drafted him so high. He makes plays.”
The Lions move Suh around the line at times, so Slauson could end up seeing his old nemesis line up in front of him every now and then.
“When I left and came here, I would watch him on Saturdays and he was a completely different player,” said Slauson, a sixth-round pick in 2009. “He wasn’t bad when I was there. He was really good, but it was such a drastic change over what I saw everyday and what I saw on Saturdays the next year. He was just killing guys.”
Suh is also doing that at the pro level now, showing a mix of size _ he’s 6-foot-4 and 307 pounds _ and speed, along with a ton of strength.
“The thing with Ndamukong is that every week, he’s gotten a little bit better and he’s adapted very, very quickly, and great athletes usually do,” Lions coach Jim Schwartz said.
Slauson, Moore and the rest of the Jets‘ offensive line have done a pretty good job of protecting quarterback Mark Sanchez this season, allowing 11 sacks in seven games. They’ll be tested this week as they face a Lions pass rush that ranks among the league leaders with 23 sacks.
“The strength of their defense is their front four,” right tackle Damien Woody said. “All those guys are humming right now.”
Maybe none more than Suh, who is already only one sack behind the team’s rookie mark, set by Tracy Scroggins in 1992.
“He’s all over the field,” Woody said. “He’s definitely a guy that we have to keep our eye on.”
Notes: S Brodney Pool (head) returned to practice and is listed as probable against Detroit after colliding with teammate Darrelle Revis on the field Thursday and leaving early. … Ryan said DE Vernon Gholston has been playing well in his third season, even though the former first-round pick has yet to get a sack in the NFL. Ryan acknowledged he wouldn’t have taken Gholston with the sixth overall pick, as the Jets did in 2008, but is pleased to have him as a versatile piece of the defense. “I think when he came out, I thought there probably needed to be some development there,” Ryan said. “But, right now, I’m absolutely happy with Vernon Gholston.”
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