Aug 15, 2014; Oakland, CA, USA; Detroit Lions running back Reggie Bush (right) and Oakland Raiders running back Maurice Jones-Drew shake hands after the game at O.co Coliseum. The Raiders defeated the Lions 27-26. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
Running Back/Fullback (5)
- Reggie Bush
- Joique Bell
- Theo Riddick
- George Winn
- Montell Owens
You can consider both Bush and Bell a lock to make the team, and it’s looking like Theo Riddick’s spot is all but guaranteed after receiving so much hype and backing it up on this spectacular run after the catch last Friday.
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After those three shoo-ins it gets much harder to predict what the coaching staff is looking for. Mikel Leshoure has seen a lot of time with the first and second-team offense, but has been extremely average in preseason action.
George Winn has made some flashy plays, but also had a costly fumble against the Browns. He looked like a special teams pro against the Raiders, but hasn’t seen any burn with the top two units yet. Leshoure hardly offers anything on special teams, so Winn has the advantage there.
If the Lions choose to give Winn some reps with the first and/or second-team over Leshoure against the Jaguars then he has a real shot at making the team.
At fullback, it’s a toss-up between Montell Owens and Jed Collins. Collins is familiar with the Saints’ offense, but I believe Owens has more to offer and can contribute on special teams.