With training camp less than three weeks away, let's delve a little deeper in the to the roster and see where the Lions stand heading into camp.
We start with running back.
|Jahvid Best||– PUP –|
|Reggie Bush (w/ Mia)||227||986||4.3||65||6||35||292||8.3||25||2|
|Steven Miller (college)||239||1,438||5.7||75||11||34||377||11.1||48||4|
|Montell Owens (w/ Jac)||42||209||5.0||32||1||8||113||14.1||53||0|
|Theo Riddick (college)||190||917||4.8||55||5||36||370||10.3||24||2|
BY THE NUMBERS
|37:||Rushing plays in 2012 of 10-plus yards. The league average was 49 and the average of the 12-playoff teams was 57|
|46.0:||Percentage of rushes gaining four-plus yards last year, which ranked seventh in the NFL|
|124:||Of the teams 391 rushes that went to the left side of the offensive line. Only four teams had fewer. Will the addition of |
THE GOOD AND THE BAD
|The good:||The Lions were second in the NFL last season with only 36 rushes for negative yards. Only Jacksonville had fewer (31).|
|The bad:||The Lions weren't running backward, but they weren't running long distances forward, either. The club was tied for last in the NFL with four rushes of 20-plus yards.|
|The fix:||Two words: Reggie Bush. The Lions made Bush a priority in free agency to put the spark and the big-play capability back in the run game. Bush had six runs of 20-plus yards last season and brings that element back into the Lions offense in 2013.|
"Well, I think Reggie's definitely going to add a dynamic to our offense. First of all, he gives us a running back that has produced in this league and really, in the last two years, done a really good job of just carrying the ball. He's done it. You saw it even prior to his last stop he was doing a lot of the things you'll see him do in our offense and be a dual threat guy. He gives us a dynamic that a lot like what we got with Jahvid (Best), it's a little different, everybody's different, but he definitely gives us a guy that can be an effective rusher and effective receiver."
--Lions offensive coordinator Scott Linehan
THE DEPTH CHART
Bush is expected to be the main guy, but Leshoure and Bell will certainly have a role, too. The Lions now have a rusher for every situation, which is what they envisioned when they drafted Leshoure to pair with Best in 2011.
Leshoure is now two years removed from an Achilles tendon tear and told Detroitlions.com that he think some of the explosion is returning to his game.
In Bell, the Lions have a versatile power back with good quickness and soft hands.
It'll be interesting to see who emerges between Steven Miller and Theo Riddick for a roster spot and playing time. Their ability on special teams will factor into that battle.
The Lions need to have a threat of a run game in 2013. Last year, they ran more plays (855 of a possible 1,160) against defenses with six or fewer defenders in the box than any other team. If Bush, Leshoure or Bell can break a few runs early in the season, the defenders move up and we all know what that means with
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