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Ezekiel Ansah

28-Year-Old Defensive End – Detroit Lions

2016 Defensive Stats

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2017 Defensive Projections

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2017 Fantasy Football Outlook

Ansah's persistent durability issues make him one of the riskiest IDP defensive linemen, but if healthy he should easily rank among the top five at the position. He met that description in 2015, when ...

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2017 ADP:  180.67

IDP Rank: Hidden

Bye Week:  7

STATUS:  Out  (PUP-P)     INJURY:  Undisclosed
HT: 6' 5"   WT: 275   DOB: 5/29/1989
College: Brigham Young  DRAFTED: 1st Rd   Show ContractHide Contract

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Ezekiel Ansah Contract Information:

Signed a five-year, $18.59 million contract with the Lions in May of 2013.

July 29, 2017  –  Ezekiel Ansah News

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Ansah (undisclosed) was placed on the PUP list by the Lions on Saturday, Kyle Meinke of MLive.com reports.

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Ezekiel Ansah NFL Stats
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  Tackles Defensive Stats Fumbles Kick Ret Punt Ret
Year Age Team G Tackles Solo Assist Sacks PDef Int TD Forced Recovered Yds TD Yds TD
2011 22 CFB 2 - - - - 0 0 - - - - - -
2012 23 CFB 13 - - - - 1 0 - - - - - -
2013 24 DET 14 32 19 13 8 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
2014 25 DET 16 49 37 12 7.5 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0
2015 26 DET 16 47 39 8 14.5 1 0 0 4 2 0 0 0 0
2016 27 DET 13 35 21 14 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Age is determined on September 1st of each season.

Ezekiel Ansah – Playing Time Overview

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#1 Defensive End

Snap Count Stats

495

Defensive Snaps in 2016

Ezekiel Ansah was on the field for 495 of his team's snaps on defense in 2016.

5

Special Teams Snaps in 2016

Ezekiel Ansah was on the field for 5 of his team's snaps on special teams in 2016.

Year Def ST
2014 664 4
2015 659 67
2016 495 5
Ezekiel Ansah 2016 Game Log
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  Snap Count Tackles Defensive Stats Fumbles Kick Ret Punt Ret
Week Opp Def ST Tackles Solo Assist Sacks PDef Int TD Forced Recovered Yds TD Yds TD
1 @Ind 50 3 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2 Ten 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 @GB
4 @Chi
5 Phi
6 LA 32 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
7 Was 41 0 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
8 @Hou 48 0 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
9 @Min 43 0 5 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
10 BYE Bye Week
11 Jax 40 0 4 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
12 Min 35 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
13 @NO 45 0 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
14 Chi 26 0 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
15 @NYG 46 1 5 2 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
16 @Dal 36 1 7 4 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
17 GB 50 0 3 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

A blank stat line is used above whenever a player was not on the field for any plays in the game that week.

Measurables Overview for Ezekiel Ansah  (View College Stats & News)
As Compared To Other Defensive Ends
Height:   6' 5"
ABOVE AVERAGE
Weight:   275 lbs
ABOVE AVERAGE
40-Yard Dash:   4.63 sec
ELITE
Shuttle Time:   4.26 sec
GREAT
Cone Drill:   7.11 sec
GOOD
Arm Length:   35.13 in
ABOVE AVERAGE
Hand Length:   10.25 in
ABOVE AVERAGE
Vertical Jump:   35 in
GOOD
Broad Jump:   118 in
GOOD
Bench Press:   21 reps
WEAK
Detroit Lions Team Injury Report
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Ezekiel Ansah  PUP-P
LB
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Taylor Decker  PUP-P
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RB
Mike James  IR
CB
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Sam Martin  NFI
OT
Corey Robinson  PUP-P

Ezekiel Ansah: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Ansah hopes to notch double-digit sacks in 2017, Michael Stets of NewsTalk 760 WJR reports. "[Getting sacks] is what I'm paid to do...I'm really focused this year," Ansah said. "I'm excited for what we have coming up and it's definitely going to be better than last year."

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Ansah recorded nine tackles, including two sacks and two TFLs, and five QB hits during Saturday's playoff game in Seattle.

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Ansah (shoulder) will play Sunday against the Giants.

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Ansah (shoulder) is considered questionable to play in Sunday's game against the Giants.

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Ansah (shoulder) is questionable to return to Sunday's game against Chicago, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports.

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Ansah (ankle) will be active for Sunday's tilt against the Bears.

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Ansah recorded two tackles Sunday in New Orleans.

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Ansah (ankle) has been cleared to play Sunday against the Saints.

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Ansah (ankle) is questionable to play Sunday against the Saints.

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Ansah (ankle) has been nursing a high-ankle sprain "all year", ESPN reports.

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2016

Ansah's play counts have been limited to this point in his career, but if he should see an increase in his workload, there's no reason he can't push for third in the DL rankings. It's rather remarkable that he had 14.5 sacks last year on just 659 snaps a rate that projects to 22 on 1,000 snaps. Ansah's been nicked up by various injuries, so it's understandable Detroit would want to limit his workload, but it'd be more understandable if they pursued the record-setting production he appears capable of. Without knowing Detroit's intentions, it's hard to rank him higher than this.

2015

Ansah might be a boom-or-bust option this season. Even though he played 16 games last year, toe, knee and shoulder injuries nagged him, likely limiting both his play count and his effectiveness. He still posted respectable numbers on just 664 snaps, though, and his athleticism for his size (6-6, 278) might be unmatched. He entered the league in 2013 with little experience after just one year of college football, yet he has 81 tackles and 15.5 sacks in two years. He could be on the verge of a breakout season, as long as he stays healthy.

2014

If Quinn and Jones were the big breakout IDP linemen of 2013, then Ansah is among the best bets to play the breakout role in 2014. The fifth overall pick of the 2013 draft, Ansah arrived in the NFL high on talent but low on experience after playing extensively for just one year at BYU. Even in his relatively raw state, Ansah made an immediate impact, posting 32 tackles, eight sacks and two forced fumbles on just 502 snaps. He ought to play at least 900 snaps in 2014, meaning he'd project to roughly 58 tackles and 14.5 sacks if he produces at the same level of efficiency. There is some durability concern with Ansah as he heads into his second season after suffering a shoulder injury in December. He underwent surgery in February and the exact nature of his prognosis is unknown as of press time. All that's known is that coach Jim Caldwell said he thinks Ansah will "be ready to go when it's time to kick it off in the fall. A pessimist would find it very concerning, with good reason, that the coach neglected to address training camp participation and merely 'thinks' Ansah will be ready for Week 1. Ansah's prospective owners must follow up on his health.

2013

It certainly takes a leap of faith to put Ansah this high as a rookie, ahead of several players who have already accomplished the tall task of reaching double-digit sacks in the NFL. But between his raw talent and the likely full-time role that awaits him on a Detroit depth chart with almost no defensive end talent, Ansah should pile up cheap stats at the very least in 2013. The fifth overall pick has 4.63 speed on a 6-5, 271-pound frame and possesses an enormous wingspan with 35 1/8-inch arms. Players like Willie Young and Ronnell Lewis are not exactly intimidating competition for playing time, so Ansah should get all the work he can handle. With Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley drawing double-teams on the inside, moreover, Ansah should see single blocking most of the time. Like Aldon Smith coming out of Missouri, Ansah should be advanced in his hand-placement, thanks to spending much of his time at BYU playing in heavy traffic at defensive tackle.