Where are the Detroit Lions at the running back position?
2018 Outlook with Detroit Lions – QUESTIONABLE
In comparison to Washington, running back Tion Green’s rookie campaign went much smoother. He had an average of 3.9 yards per carry. Still, not great, but shows something.
Green runs hard, but it might not be enough to make the roster. His off-season will be especially important, and definitely worth a watch.
Specials teams will also play a role for Green. But can he beat out a rookie that has a different set of skills altogether?
2018 Outlook with Detroit Lions – PROBABLE
Like Dwayne Washington, fullback Nick Bawden is a seventh round selection. The rookie has a chance to make this roster, especially if he can show the ability to block as well as he did at San Diego State.
Bawden led the way for two straight 2000-yard seasons in college: Donnel Pumphrey in 2016 and Rashaad Penny in 2017. It is impressive. He is not the only reason that they rushed so well, but he certainly is one of them.
If he does well enough leading up to and through the 2018 preseason, and contributes on special teams, Bawden has a great chance of making this roster. Plus, let’s not forget the possibility of a practice squad designation in 2018.
Bawden was drafted by Quinn and new head coach Matt Patricia for a reason. Unless they just want to throw away draft picks, he was specifically drafted to bring a fullback onto the field next season. If he starts at fullback and contributes to the blocking scheme, he could be a very valuable pick.