As part of our season wrap-up series, the 2012 POD Awards roll on. Next up is the category for the Detroit Lions' Most Valuable Backup. Here are the nominees:
RB Joique Bell
Despite not starting a single game, Bell rushed for 414 yards on 82 carries and scored 3 touchdowns. He also had 485 yards on 52 receptions.
TE Tony Scheffler
Scheffler made only 4 starts in 15 games, yet he had 504 yards on 42 receptions. He was only able to reach the end zone once, though.
OT Riley Reiff
Reiff actually started 8 games in 2012, but only one of those starts came at left tackle. The rest were as the sixth offensive lineman. Since he wasn't at one of the five traditional offensive line spots, he was really a backup who saw extended playing time when the package with six offensive linemen was used.
DT Nick Fairley
Fairley became a starter when Corey Williams went down, but that meant only starting 7 games in 2012. He only played in 13 total, so I guess it's a bit debatable if he was truly a backup. In any case, he had 34 tackles, 5.5 sacks and 2 forced fumbles in 2012.