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Ezekiel Ansah

29-Year-Old Defensive End – Detroit Lions

2017 Defensive Stats

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2018 Defensive Projections

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2018 Fantasy Football Outlook

If Ansah weren't so brittle he might have a 20-sack season to his name by now. The former BYU product is an uncommon athlete with even less common per-snap production, but the Lions understandably lim...

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2018 ADP:  231.56

IDP Rank: Hidden

Bye Week:  6

STATUS:  Questionable     INJURY:  Knee
HT: 6' 5"   WT: 275   DOB: 5/29/1989
College: BYU  DRAFTED: 1st Rd   Show ContractHide Contract

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Ezekiel Ansah Contract Information:

Signed a one-year, $17.14 million contract with the Lions in April of 2018.

July 15, 2018  –  Ezekiel Ansah News

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Ansah (knee) and the Lions aren't expected to reach agreement on a long-term deal before Monday's 4 p.m. EDT deadline to sign franchise players, Adam Schefter of ESPN 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
2017 28 DET 14 44 39 5 12 0 0 0 1 1 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

516

Defensive Snaps in 2017

Ezekiel Ansah was on the field for 516 of his team's snaps on defense in 2017.

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Special Teams Snaps in 2017

Ezekiel Ansah was on the field for 4 of his team's snaps on special teams in 2017.

Year Def ST
2015 659 67
2016 495 5
2017 516 4
Ezekiel Ansah 2017 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 Ari 34 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2 @NYG 28 0 6 6 0 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
3 Atl 33 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 @Min 36 1 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
5 Car 35 0 2 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
6 @NO 42 0 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
7 BYE Bye Week
8 Pit 47 0 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
9 @GB 38 1 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
10 Cle
11 @Chi
12 Min 32 1 2 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
13 @Bal 31 0 5 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
14 @TB 38 0 7 6 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
15 Chi 36 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
16 @Cin 46 0 7 5 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
17 GB 40 1 4 4 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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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
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Ezekiel Ansah: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Ansah (knee) spent time practicing with the linebackers during spring workouts, Kyle Meinke of MLive.com reports.

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Ansah (knee) is going to report to the Lions on Tuesday and sign his $17.14 million franchise tag, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

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Ansah underwent minor clean-up surgery on his knee this offseason, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.

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Ansah, who received the franchise tag from Detroit last month, has yet to sign his contract tender but is expected to do so before training camp, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.

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Ansah received the Lions' franchise tag Tuesday.

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Ansah recorded 44 tackles, 12 sacks, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery across 14 games in 2017.

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Ansah recorded seven tackles and three sacks during Sunday's 26-17 loss to the Bengals.

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Ansah (ankle) is listed as active for Saturday's divisional matchup against the Bears.

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Ansah (ankle) is listed as questionable for Saturday's game against the Bears.

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2017

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 he totaled 47 tackles and 14.5 sacks despite playing just 659 defensive snaps. If he had played 1,000 snaps that season, it would have projected to more than 20 sacks. Last year wasn't so fortunate, as he hobbled through ankle and shoulder injuries to total just two sacks on 495 snaps. He could dominate again, but last year illustrated his dud potential.

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.