While it is true that Reggie Bush will be the Lions primary starter at running back, it’s also true that the Lions should not waste the other talent they have in the backfield.
I am talking about second round pick Mikel LeShoure, Joique Bell and this year’s sixth round pick Theo Riddick.
The Lions should be thankful for their depth with those three running backs. Compared to last year, the Lions rode the season with just LeShoure and Bell, as the team’s primary contributors in the backfield.
Now the challenge the Lions will face is being able to play all three running backs on somewhat of a consistent basis.
There is no doubt that LeShoure will see the field on a consistent basis. He is still only 23 years old, and the Lions still view him as the teams starting running back of the future. For now, he and Bush should bring a very dynamic one-two punch in the offense.
Bell and Riddick, on the other hand, may not get the playing time that we think they both deserve with Bush and LeShoure getting the majority of the carries. You would think Bell would get his fair share considering what we saw from him last season, and Riddick’s ability to catch the ball in and out of the backfield would make him well-worthy, as well. However, there are only so many carries to go around, especially in an offense that is clearly based around its passing game.
It’s a challenge, but it’s the challenge that the Lions will take. Multiple, talented running backs are certainly better than just one.