Detroit Lions Running Backs: Postseason Grades
By Tony Fischer
Zach Zenner – Running Back, 2nd Year, South Dakota State
Zenner was given some significant touches down the stretch in 2016 because of the injuries to Riddick and Abdullah. He made the most of it.
Zenner opened eyes against Dallas when he looked as if he would break the Lions streak of rushing ineptitude by rushing for 100 yards. Then as the Lions played from behind Zenner’s opportunity to touch the ball faded. Still he gained 91 total yards and scoring two rushing touchdowns in the Lions road loss.
The 2nd year man out of South Dakota State followed up that break-out performance with 110 total yards and a touchdown in the NFC North title bout with Green Bay on the last week of the season. Still despite the strong performances, Zenner still failed to gain 100 yards rushing and proved to be more of a role player than a starter as the game wore on.
At the end of the day, Dr. Z showed promise in his sophomore season and will certainly be in the mix for a Lion’s share of touches out of the backfield in 2017.