James Bryant has played in the CFL, boxed professionally, and now Bryant is trying his luck in the NFL. Bryant feels he can impact the Lions’ run game with his blocking in the backfield. In an interview with detroitlions.com Bryant had this to say:
That’s all I want to do. I just want to come in here and block. Don’t throw me the ball. I don’t want to run the ball. I want to create holes.
While Bryant is obviously going to have to do more than just block to make the Lions’ 53-man roster, his willingness to block has to excite the running backs, as well as fans. The Lions’ run game ranked near the bottom of the NFL last year and a guy like Bryant could help create some holes to open up running lanes for Jahvid Best, Mikel Leshoure and Kevin Smith.
It should also be noted that the Lions added Riley Reiff to help protect Matthew Stafford and improve the run game and Rob Sims has added 20 lbs. to help himself improve as a player.
Will the new additions of Reiff and Bryant have a significant impact on the Lions’ poor run game? Will Rob Sims’ weight help improve him as a player, or will the weight gain prove to be too much? Only time will tell but something had to change following last year, perhaps these adjustments will be all it takes.