Lions offensive coordinator Scott Linehan could say the same thing as he has yet to feature running back
Best hasn’t played in a game since Week 6 last season when he suffered a concussion against the 49ers.
If he does get clearance from independent doctors to return to the field in a couple weeks, Linehan gets back a potentially key component to forcing opposing defenses out of the two-high safety sets the Lions have been seeing all season.
The Lions are hoping he can be an immediate difference maker for their offense, not only as a running back, but also as a receiver.
Imagine Best, with his elite speed, as a receiver matched up one-on-one with a linebacker in the middle of the field with no safety help becausethey’re 30 yards back and on the wide side of the field, which they've been most of the last four weeks.
Imagine Best, with his open-field running ability, as a runner seeing a front seven where it only takes him beating a linebacker to edge or getting past the first level of the defense and then letting his speed take over.
Essentially, the Lions would have more margin for error in the run game with Best’s speed as a factor. He had five “explosive” plays of at least 20 yards in only six games last season, four of which came as a receiver.
"Obviously he's a weapon out of the backfield,” quarterback
"He's definitely a guy who was a chain-mover for us some on third down last year, being able to check it down to him and let him get the first downs."
Unfortunately, it’s not a luxury the Lions have right now.
Best might just be the kind of player the Lions need to force their style of play on opposing defenses, instead of it being the other way around.