The Detroit Lions drafted running back Jahvid Best with the idea that he’d supplant Kevin Smith as the starting running back.
But Best, a rookie out of Cal, says that hasn’t caused any friction between them.
“I wasn’t nervous at all because he just walked straight up to me and we sat down and talked. He made it real comfortable for me,” Best told Tom Kowalski of MLive.com. “He just said don’t be nervous, you know how to play the game. I was a little nervous to start, but once we got into the roll of things it was fun being out there with the guys. The running back group is great. [Smith is] probably like my big brother right now. He’s giving me pointers, just staying on me so I know what I’m doing when I’m out there.”
Smith is still recovering from a torn ACL he suffered in December, which means he can’t go at full speed yet, and might not be able to contribute on the field at the start of the regular season. But if he’s embracing the rookie who was drafted to replace him, Smith is still making a contribution to the Lions.