Detroit Lions general manager Martin Mayhew met with the media on Wednesday. During his press conference, he highlighted three Lions players -- running back Jahvid Best, defensive end Willie Young and defensive tackle Nick Fairley -- as being standouts this offseason, according to Paula Pasche.
The fact that Best has had a good offseason is a big reason why Mayhew likes what he sees out of the Lions' running backs. Mayhew admitted that the team considered bringing in another running back (Ryan Grant, perhaps), but there haven't been any moves in part because the guys currently on the team have looked good this offseason.
Mayhew on RBs: "That group of guys, if they’re healthy, which is a really big if, is an outstanding group of players."— Dave Birkett (@davebirkett) June 13, 2012
Young has had plenty of opportunities to show off to coaches and the front office this offseason with Cliff Avril not being around and Kyle Vanden Bosch having his reps limited. Young showed a lot of promise last season, and he figures to be an important part of the rotation at defensive end in 2012.
As for Fairley, he has had a really good offseason on the field. His problem is that what has happened off the field is likely going to keep him from playing for at least a game or two in the regular season.