The Lions return 3 of their top 4 backs from 2014. Reggie Bush was released and the Lions drafted Abdullah and Burton. Could be the strength of the Lions offense.
Joique Bell 6th year 5th in Detroit Signed of the Saints practice squad 2011.
Contract: 2 years remain $3.5 cap hit
47 games 10 starts
471/1924/18 rush 139/1354/1 rec 7 fumbles lost
Coming off of two solid years, Joique is the starter in Detroit. He is coming off of Achilles and knee surgery. Is he in shape? Can he stay healthy?
Ameer Abdullah Rookie 2nd round pick
Contract: 4 years $755,559 hit
Nebraska: 813/4588/39 rush 73/690/7 rec 61/1592/1 KOR 31/316/1 PR
Replaces Reggie as the quick back. Will have to shoulder the load until Joiquie is healthy. Caught the ball well in mini camp.
Theo Riddick 3rd year in Detroit 6th round pick 2013
2 year remain $ 607,750 Hit
28 games 2 starts
29/78/1 rush 38rec 342 yards 4 td
Notre Dame: 244/1169/5 rush 120/1263/8 rec
47 KOR 1051 yards
Analysis: Great catching the ball but yet to show the ability to carry the mail. Will have a bigger role until Joique returns to 100%.
George Winn 2nd year in Detroit FA 2014
1 year on contract $510,000
19 carries 73 yards 3 tackles
Cincinnati: 37 games 321/1710/15 rush 19/159/0 rec
Hard runner who will get what is there and fall forward. Cannot catch nor block. Decent special teams guy. Will have to fight for a roster spot.
Zach Zenner UDFA 2015
3 year contract $436,000 hit
South Dakota State: 52 games 1095/6548/61 rush 95/909/8 rec
My new favorite Detroit Lion. Comes to Detroit with a legit chance to make the roster. He can run and catch. Could surprise in the future.
Desmond Martin UDFA 2015
3 year contract $436,000
Local guy from Wayne State. Tough runner who lacks speed. Long shot.
Michael Burton Rookie 5th round pick
4 year contract $481,089 hit
Lions took Burton in the 5th round. He will make the team. Can a make an impact? Good blocker and receiver. Played special teams at Rutgers.
Emil Igwenagu 4th year in the NFL 2nd in Detroit FA in 2014
Emil took the 1st team reps in mini camp. Has 3 games of NFL experience. Will have to clearly beat out Burton for a spot.