Our latest series on the Detroit Lions roster continues with a comparison of the running back position from 2012 to 2013. Did the Lions improve at running back? Let's take a look.
2012 RBs: Mikel Leshoure, Joique Bell, Kevin Smith, Keiland Williams, Stefan Logan
2013 RBs: Reggie Bush, Mikel Leshoure, Joique Bell, Montell Owens, Theo Riddick, Steven Miller, Shaun Chapas
The absence of Jahvid Best last year was quite noticeable for the Lions offense. They struggled throughout the 2012 season, and the lack of a backup plan for Best was also quite noticeable. This is why they went out and signed Reggie Bush this offseason. They also added Montell Owens, Theo Riddick and Steven Miller, who all could contribute on offense and/or special teams.
Did they improve?
This is a clear-cut yes considering the impact Bush is expected to have on the offense. They really needed to add someone like Best, and mission accomplished in that regard.
What about compared to 2011?
From top to bottom, the Lions have much better depth now than they did a couple years ago, especially when you consider that Best missed most of the 2011 season. While the Lions later added Kevin Smith in 2011, they are in a much better position now with a top three of Bush, Mikel Leshoure and Joique Bell. It remains to be seen if Bush will be able to be as effective as Best was for the Lions, but either way, they have really solid depth at running back.
(Note: Players listed from 2011 and 2012 are based on the Lions' Week 1 roster in those seasons.)