Bob Quinn expects Lions will add a running back

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The Lions finished 30th in rushing yards during the 2016 season and then made big changes to their offensive line in the offseason while leaving the backfield untouched outside of signing undrafted rookie Tion Green.

They finished the 2017 season 32nd in rushing yards and General Manager Bob Quinn said on Monday that the approach at running back is going to be different this time around.

“I think our running backs, they didn’t perform as good as everyone thought. I think that’s the facts,” Quinn said, via the Detroit Free Press. “But I think we have guys in that room that are tough guys, they’re smart guys, they have skill. Will we add someone? Probably, to that room. Absolutely.”

Any incoming backs would threaten the spots of those hand with Ameer Abdullah at perhaps the greatest risk of losing his job. Abdullah ran at least 10 times in each of the first 10 games, but had 21 carries in the final six weeks as a neck injury and reshuffling of the backs changed his role.

Abdullah said Monday that he’ll “cross that road when it comes,” but it seems likely that the Lions will be going with a new top back in addition to a new head coach.

6 responses to “Bob Quinn expects Lions will add a running back

  1. Kareem Hunt and Alvin Kamara both went in the 3rd round last year. These two guys can do it all. I don’t think either of these guys had any big time injury concerns. I’m sure there will be a couple more that slip this year. I think overall scouting has declined in recent years. There is too much over-analyzing going on. Teams collect all kinds of information nowadays, but they can’t get the bottom line right. Sometimes you’re better off throwing that stopwatch in the trash can.

  2. .
    I gave Quinn a lot of credit for making the offensive line a high priority, both in the draft and free agency. However, the unit was an Achilles heel all season. They were awful in the run game and near the top in sacks allowed.

    Although the Lions are picking at #20, the draft emphasis seems to be on QBs and defensive players. Detroit should have a good shot at a top tier OL or RB without having to trade up.

  3. The question for me is basically draft a RB or DL in the first round. Ngata probably won’t be back and if Ziggy leaves, that’s a couple of big holes in a DL that went down the tubes when Ngata went on IR. As far as the OL, Swanson is probably gone with his concussion problems. They only need to replace him as you’d think everybody else will be healthy when camp starts. Don’t think we really need to draft a starter.

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