The first step in any recovery is admitting you have a problem. Lions DT Nick Fairley has taken that step by admitting that his conditioning hasn’t been up to par this preseason, hence his relegation to second team.
But Fairley says he’s now working hard and he wants to get back his starting job (via Detroit Free-Press).
Fairley admitted Wednesday he has gained weight (between 7 and 10 pounds) since the start of training camp for a second straight year, but in his first public comments since his benching, he said he hopes he’ll regain his starting job by the end of the exhibition season.
“Really what I plan on doing is just continue to get better as a player and help this team win and just go out there and play my (tail) off,” Fairley said.
Fairley addressed concerns about his work habits and overall attitude:
Fairley brushed off questions about his work ethic Wednesday — “It’s still the same. I’m good,” he said — and insisted the way he has handled his demotion has shown improved maturity.
“When it happened, I sat down and talked to all the D-linemen,” Fairley said. “They got my back, and they know I got their group. We’re one group. We’re going to go out here this Friday, go against the Jaguars and see what we can do.”
A first round pick by the Lions in 2011, Fairley has failed to develop into the dominating force people envisioned, and is now widely considered a massive bust.