Draft Scout Snapshot: A closer look at the Lions' picks: Round 1/5 - Ziggy Ansah, DE, 6-5, 271, BYU...The Lions may have preferred one of the elite offensive tackles, but this is hardly a consolation prize. The need at defensive end is acute and this guy is an athletic marvel - body by LeBron James, with 4.6 speed, a 35-inch arm span, 34-inch vertical, and 10-inch hands. QUOTE TO NOTE: "I don't know if I want to use the word hate because you can't concentrate if you hate somebody. You've got to love them. If you love somebody, you want to grab them. So, I love quarterbacks." -- DE Ziggy Ansah on whether he hates quarterbacks. - The Sports Xchange
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05/02/16 - DE Ezekiel Ansah had his fifth-year option exercised by the Lions for the 2017 season. The move had been expected, considering the price is a team-friendly $12.7 million.
Ansah, who turns 27 this month, was named to the 2015 Pro Bowl and earned second team All-Pro honors last season after leading the Lions in sacks with a career-high 14.5, which also ranked third in the NFL. Ansah, the Lions' first-round (fifth overall) selection in the 2013 NFL Draft, became the team's first defensive end to be named to the Pro Bowl since 2002. His career totals include 46 games (44 starts), 128 total tackles, 30 sacks, nine forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.
12/23/15 - DE Ezekiel Ansah (illness) left in the second quarter, but returned in the second half.
12/21/15 - DE Ziggy Ansah, who was tied for second in the NFL with 13.5 sacks entering the game, took a hit to the stomach in the first half and was not much of a factor. He returned in the second half but had just two tackles.
12/17/15 - DE Ezekiel Ansah is tied for second in the NFL with 13.5 sacks, and his impressive season helped him finish third in Pro Bowl voting at the position. It doesn't mean Ansah will necessarily make the all-star game, as coaches and players vote, too, but he said it would be a humbling experience.
12/13/15 - DE Ezekiel Ansah recorded a sack in the second quarter, giving him 13.5 for the season. Ansah, who has 29 sacks in 43 career games, moved into a tie for the NFL lead with Houston's J.J. Watt.
12/09/15 - DE Ezekiel Ansah (hamstring/elbow) was limited Wednesday in practice, but he should be available on Sunday against the Rams.
11/19/15 - DE Ezekiel Ansah (toe) was limited, but should play Sunday.
11/15/15 - DE Ezekiel Ansah, who was among the NFL leaders with seven sacks entering the game, didn't add to his total but he did have three quarterback hits. The Lions sacked Packers QB Aaron Rodgers three times, with LB Tahir Whitehead, DT Caraun Reid and DE Jason Jones recording the others. S Isa Abdul-Quddus and Whitehead led the squad with eight tackles apiece. "They have very slippery guys, so wrapping them up and getting them down was a main objective," Ansah said. "We did a good job of executing the game plan."
11/04/15 - DE Ezekiel Ansah (undisclosed) missed practice Tuesday.
10/08/15 - DE Ezekiel Ansah (shoulder) was limited, but should play Sunday.