Bears guard Matt Slauson, Lions’ Suh have history
BY ADAM L. JAHNS Staff Reporter September 26, 2013 9:07PM
Updated: September 27, 2013 4:51PM
Guard Kyle Long might’ve been drafted with Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh in mind. Veteran guard Matt Slauson might’ve been signed for similar reasons.
Slauson went to Nebraska with Suh. He has witnessed Suh’s rise firsthand. He has experienced his notorious nasty side. He faced his moves every day at practice.
And Slauson learned from it.
“We never really talked a whole lot,” Slauson said. “But we came in together [at Nebraska in 2005], and I think just because we were the same class — I was O-line, he was D-line — there was a kind of animosity.
“Because I kind of came up with him, battling against each other every day, we learned each other’s moves.”
But Slauson and Suh only have faced each other once in their pro careers. It was during Suh’s rookie season in 2010, when he had career bests of 10 sacks and 48 tackles, and Slauson started every game for the Jets.
In that matchup, Suh was held without a sack and had an overall rating of 0.5, according to Pro Football Focus.
Slauson had a 3.1 rating in the Jets’ 23-20 victory.
“It’s just me kind of knowing how he plays, [which] gives me an advantage,” Slauson said.