Former Packers running back Ryan Grant will also be in town for a look this week, according to Jason LaCanfora of CBSSports.com. It’s not the first time that the Lions and Grant have been in one another’s orbit. The Lions reportedly offered Grant a deal this spring that never came together because the money wasn’t enough for Grant’s liking.
The timing of all the interest in running backs at this point is a bit odd since the Lions didn’t make any moves to bolster the position heading into the first two weeks with Mikel Leshoure suspended and Jahvid Best on the PUP list. Kevin Smith did most of the work, he’s averaging four yards a carry and has 115 yards altogether, and Joique Bell added a big catch-and-run against the 49ers on Sunday night, but it wouldn’t have been strange to see the Lions add another back given the missing players at the position.
Leshoure’s suspension is up and he can rejoin the team this week. He’ll likely be brought into the fold slowly, but Smith has played well enough to allow that to happen without the Lions taking a step backward offensively. The team is also going to have to make a move to reactivate Leshoure and signing another back would mean finding another player to send packing. It could be Bell, but, given the rest of the roster and the Lions’ offensive scheme, it’s hard to see how either Grant or Slaton would make a noticeable difference to what he’s provided.
That may mean this is just a way to keep the emergency list updated in Detroit for the next time they find themselves short at running back.