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Trio of running backs listed as ‘realistic options’ for Detroit Lions


There is absolutely no question about it that D’Andre Swift is RB 1 with the Detroit Lions and the hope is that he will continue to be that for a very long time.

That being said, the Lions coaching staff, including assistant head coach/RBs coach Duce Staley, has made it clear that it takes more than one running back to share the load in the NFL.

As we speak, Kerryon Johnson, who Staley seems to love, is RB 2 for the Lions but that could change in a heartbeat if the Lions find an affordable free agent who they like more.

In a piece recently published on Pride of Detroit, three soon-to-be free agent running backs are listed as ‘realistic options’ for the Lions.

Those running backs are Malcolm Brown (Rams), Jamaal Williams (Packers), and LeSean McCoy (Buccaneers).

Here is what Erik Schlitt has to say about the situation.

I too expect the Lions to add a running back in free agency—and likely the NFL draft as well—and if it’s not Brown it could very well be Williams. Williams is a solid RB2 who can spot start and is a terrific pass blocker. I added McCoy in the “realistic targets” not necessarily because of his on-field skills at this stage of his career but because he is an experienced veteran who knows the coaching staff and could serve as a mentor. In 2013, McCoy led the NFL in rushing with Duce Staley as his position coach, and three years later in 2016, he was the lead back on a Bills offense that led the NFL in rushing, with Anthony Lynn as his position coach (and eventually head coach).

We have previously mentioned that Brown and especially Williams would be a good fit for the Lions but I personally would take a hard pass on McCoy.

What do you think?

Written by W.G. Brady

W.G. Brady is a Detroit-based journalist who has been covering the Detroit sports scene for Detroit Sports Nation for several years. He is in his early 30s and has a wealth of experience in the industry. Throughout his career, W.G. has established himself as a respected and knowledgeable journalist known for his in-depth coverage of the teams and athletes in Detroit. With a keen eye for detail and a passion for sports, W.G. has become a go-to source for fans and readers looking for the latest news and analysis on the Detroit sports scene. He has a good reputation in the sports community and is respected for his unbiased coverage of sports events. W.G. is known for his ability to uncover hidden stories and provide unique perspectives on the teams and athletes he covers. He has a good understanding of the city of Detroit and its sports culture, which he uses to inform his reporting and analysis. He continues to be a respected journalist in the Detroit sports industry.

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