The Detroit Lions front office told reporters at the start of this month that they were content with their roster at the running back position. As July comes to a close and training camps are finally open, perhaps the Lions will have to reevaluate the position moving forward. I recently penned a column about which NFL teams that would frustrate fantasy football owners this season, and the Lions are right in the mix.
As training camp opened for the Lions, two running backs were not taking part. Jahvid Best still has not received clearance to return to the field. This has to be an issue for concern at this point. It has been nine months since Best was knocked out of the Lions game against the San Francisco 49ers and he continues to suffer concussion-like symptoms. Fantasy owner need to take some serious pause before selecting Best. You have to wonder if he’ll be able to contribute significantly for the Lions this season.
RB Mikel Leshoure missed practice last week after suffering a hamstring injury. Leshoure has never taken a regular game snap for the Lions and he will miss the start of the regular season after receiving a two-game suspension from the NFL following his two offseason arrests. The hamstring injury follows an ankle issue Leshoure had during offseason workouts.
At this point, it appears that Kevin Smith could start the season as the Lions starting running back. Smith has his own durability issues, playing in just 26 games over the past three seasons.
The Lions would like to establish a solid running game in order to provide a more balanced offensive attack, but at this point it’s shaping up to be a pass-first offense once again this season.