Dec 30, 2012; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions running back Joique Bell (35) before the game against the Chicago Bears at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

Lions Have A Challenge With Playing Each Of Their Backup Running Backs


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.

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  • autopartsman

    Are you kidding? – Leshoure didn’t do enough to justify being the #3 running back, much less “the starting running back of the future”. Bell’s stats were even better than Bush’s. Unless Bush starts the season out strong, the Lions should let Bush be the backup to Bell . Bell had more yards per carry than almost anyone except Adrian Peterson.

    The whole off-season Bell has been doing positive things to promote the team throughout the state. There are tons of fans that were not Lions fans before Joique. Let him become the fan favorite that Payton was for the Bears. He is just that kind of guy and that kind of running back!

    Look at his stats – yards per carry after a contact, total yards, yards per rush and more. This is the back of the future.

  • William Greer

    Right on autopartsman! Bell is a beast that the coaches for some reason don’t see

  • straw walker

    The Lions also have a full back on roster, someone has to go.