Since the Detroit Lions selected offensive lineman Penei Sewell No. 7 in the 2021 NFL Draft in April, another former Duck on the Lions offensive line has been the subject of trade speculation.
Despite rumors swirling of Tyrell Crosby’s eventual departure, he’s stayed mum on how his continued employment will play out. But earlier this week at Lions mandatory minicamp, the veteran offensive lineman broke his silence.
“Yeah, I mean, it’s impossible with how social media is to not see it, but I haven’t clicked on anything,” Crosby said of the rumors. “Really haven’t heard much from the front office or anything about it, so I’m just here excited and thankful to be here and just compete.”
Crosby added that he hasn’t requested a trade, nor has he given thought to the possibility. Despite missing voluntary practices, Crosby made it clear he simply wanted to focus on quality time with his family.
“Last year, I learned that you could do OTAs and work from wherever you’re at and I had a solid year last year,” he said. “Pretty much had to miss my entire family throughout all the last season. That was the first time I haven’t had the opportunity to have like any family members at a home game. Missed my birthday, Thanksgiving, you know, all of that, so I just spent that time being with my family and just appreciated the loved ones.”
Crosby is coming off a 2020 season where he started 11 games at right tackle as Halapoulivaati Vaitai was sidelined with injuries. With Vaitai slated to move inside now that Sewell is in town, Frank Ragnow at center and Taylor Decker still entrenched at left tackle, Crosby will serve as the team’s swing tackle. A sixth man of sorts.
Crosby’s versatility remains his greatest asset as of now. He has started at both tackle positions and is the Lions’ top backup offensive lineman, but he is in the final year of his rookie contract since being taken out of Oregon in the fifth round in 2018.
Ultimately, Crosby can’t control what the Lions decide to do, but he can continue to keep his focus on, as he put it, “doing my own thing.”
“For me, I really love to go out and compete,” Crosby said. “Since they first drafted me in 2018, whatever my role is for the team, I’ve gone out and just did to my best ability and every day, I’m going to go in and compete.”