The Detroit Lions hope they have finally addressed their never ending running game woes this offseason with the signing of free agent RB Reggie Bush. The Miami Dolphins decided to move on from Bush and declined to offer him a contract on the free agent market. Detroit has struggled to find a successful combination for their running games as injuries played a role in the lack of a steady running game.
As the Lions opened training camp, Bush was the clear cut number one running back on the depth chart. Many observers believed that the number two back would be Mikel Leshoure, but that is not the case at this point. Wayne State product Joique Bell has climbed up the depth chart as Bush’s backup.
Bell has bounced around the league in his first few seasons and finally made an impact last season. Bell finished as the second leading rushing leader for the Lions last year but led all backs with the highest yards per carry average (5.0). Bell was also the Lions’ leading running back catching the ball out of the backfield. Bell logged 52 receptions out of 68 targets for 485 yards.
Leshoure will likely remain Detroit’s choice for goal line duties but Bell should see increased production while spelling Bush in the backfield. Fantasy owners should take note of Bell’s rise up the depth chart and for those owners that decide to draft Bush, a late round pick of Joique Bell might be a sneaky handcuff. Reggie Bush has played a full slate of games just twice in his seven year career.