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Lions intend to split the running back role between Bush and Bell

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The Lions have a pair of potent tailbacks.  And they plan to use both of them.  Perhaps equally.

According to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press, offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi said Tuesday that Reggie Bush and Joique Bell will share the load.

“[T]his game is a violent game anymore and it’s hard for one running back to get all the carries,” Lombardi said.  “So much like they did last year, I see these guys kind of having a split role and both being very productive.”

Last year, Bush and Bell became the first teammates in league history to rack up both 500 yards rushing and 500 yards receiving in the same season.

Based on salaries, Bush likely is in line to be the starter.  But Bell will get plenty of opportunities, and the shared role will help both guys stay healthy deeper into the season — and to play deeper into the decade.

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12 Responses to “Lions intend to split the running back role between Bush and Bell”
  1. bennyb82 says: Apr 15, 2014 11:16 PM

    They are about as good of tandem in the league when both are 100 percent and Calvin is playing.

  2. joeflaccoallday says: Apr 15, 2014 11:17 PM

    Reggie Bush yardage will be.. *nerdy football senses tingling* ummmm…. 428! Because he is terrible!

  3. williambrasky says: Apr 15, 2014 11:22 PM

    Thank the saints every day.

  4. bigsowce says: Apr 15, 2014 11:41 PM

    the year the saints won the super bowl was the year they used Reggie Bush the least and he had his worst season by far… get the hint lions.

  5. thestrategyexpert says: Apr 15, 2014 11:44 PM

    Well those are the 2 backs making all the money. They sure aren’t going to give the ball to anybody else since the Lions are in love with both of them. Only excessive fumbling would have a chance to hinder their play time.

  6. dtownsportslions says: Apr 16, 2014 12:00 AM

    Joique needs to be the third down back. I love Reggie but he’s not a great pass protector.

  7. bearshaterseverywhere says: Apr 16, 2014 12:00 AM

    Only half as many fumbles for Reggie, Tillman is upset.

  8. bearshaterseverywhere says: Apr 16, 2014 12:26 AM

    Only half as many fumbles from Reggie, Tillman will be upset. Good luck Lions, Reality sets in next game. 13-5 since ’05

  9. till3r says: Apr 16, 2014 7:21 AM

    Just please use Reggie on more 3rd downs. I understand bell has good hands but Reggie’s speed is a nightmare for defenses (home run threat). I expect Lombardi will use him more like the saints used sproles.

  10. betterandbetterthan says: Apr 16, 2014 8:33 AM

    Oh, so Lions intend to do exactly as they did last year.

  11. steelerdeathstar says: Apr 16, 2014 11:08 AM

    The Lions essentially did that last season. Not big news.
    Best NFL RB tandem, barring injury of course, is likely to be Le’Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount of the Steelers.

  12. ariani1985 says: Apr 16, 2014 12:05 PM

    1000 yards each against the garbage packer defense!

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