Last night, Matthew Stafford won an ESPY for the best comeback. That had me thinking on which player can have a breakout year for the Detroit Lions in 2012. That player, I believe, will be Jahvid Best.
Some fans have probably already given up on Best’s career in Detroit (including me at some points). How can you really blame them? His short time in Detroit has been mediocre due to injury after injury. Last year he only played in 6 games and in his rookie year he didn’t have a single game in which he rushed for over 80 yards.
I can’t promise that Best will stay healthy throughout this upcoming year, but if he does, I think he will surprise a lot of people. Why do I think this? Look at the games in his career when he is used frequently. Even though the Lions lost 10 games in 2010, when Best carries the ball 10 or more times in his career, the Lions are 9-7. He has also showed a little bit of promise like the Monday Night Football game against Chicago. In that game he rushed for 163 yards on 12 carries and had a touchdown. A part of his game that can be overlooked is his ability to catch passes out of the backfield. Last year he averaged 10.6 yards per reception
The potent passing offense that Detroit has should open up the running game a little bit more next year. The addition of Riley should be a positive if he ends up starting this year. The Iowa Hawkeyes are known for their running game and Riley Reiff was a large part of their success.
If Jahvid Best can stay healthy next year, he may be able to take the Lions to the next level. How much am I expecting from Best if he is healthy? I think 1,200 rushing yards is reasonable.