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Detroit Lions: 3 Running Backs They Should Consider Trading for

Latif MasudContributor IOctober 9, 2016

Detroit Lions: 3 Running Backs They Should Consider Trading for

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    Throughout the entire offseason and training camp, there has been quite a bit of talk about the Detroit Lions' situation at the running back position.

    On one hand, the Lions are heavily invested in the position with both Mikel Leshoure and Jahvid Best being high draft choices. On the other hand, though, neither player has seen the field in both preseason games and it looks as if neither player will contribute anything to the team at least until Week 3 of the regular season.

    Those factors, combined with the trade demand from Maurice Jones-Drew of the Jacksonville Jaguars, have raised the question: Should the Lions trade for a running back?

    In a sense, this is the perfect time to trade for a back. With two preseason games under every team’s belt, the teams themselves have a pretty grasp of their roster and depth chart. That means they should have a pretty solid idea of who is expendable and who is not. For the Lions, that might include players such as Andre Fluellan, Sammie Hill, Lawrence Jackson or even Corey Hilliard on the offensive side of the ball.

    The bigger question is, who should the Lions look to trade for? In the following slides are three players I think the Lions might want to take a look at.

Ben Tate

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    No one really knows how good Ben Tate is—or can be, for that matter.

    The Texans' offensive line is one of the most underrated in the league and does an excellent job of blocking for its backs. That’s a huge reason as to why both Tate and Arian Foster put up the type of numbers they did last season.

    More than likely, Tate won’t put up rushing numbers like he did last season with the Lions, but it would give them another capable back to put into the mix.

    The Texans are starting former Lions bust Shaun Cody at nose tackle, so they may be interested in a player like Sammie Hill.

C.J. Spiller

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    Spiller, in a way, is the perfect back for the Lions' system. He is fast, can catch the ball out of the backfield and brings big-play ability to the backfield.

    Of course, Jahvid Best was supposed to fill those roles for the Lions, but I think there is perhaps a strong chance that Best never plays again given his medical history. Spiller could take over the role of Best immediately and provide a nice thunder-and-lightning combination with Mikel Leshoure.

    The Bills have done a great job of shoring up their defense in the offseason, but still need to address the offensive tackle spot, where they plan to start Erik Pears on the right side and rookie Cordy Glenn on the left. A versatile backup like Corey Hilliard, who can play both sides, would probably intrigue them.

Jonathan Stewart

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    The Panthers are looking to get to the playoffs behind their new franchise quarterback, Cam Newton, which means they will pass the ball much more than seasons prior—not to mention they already have a solid back in DeAngelo Williams.

    While I think Williams would be the better fit for the Lions offense, I think Stewart is pretty damn good too. He is another one of those backs that averaged over five yards per carry last season and even added 47 receptions. He is definitely the type of back that can come and start right away.

    For the Panthers, they still need to make some serious upgrades in their defensive front four. Lawrence Jackson would be an upgrade over Greg Hardy at defensive end, and Sammie Hill could compete with veteran Ron Edwards and second-year pro Terrell McClain for a starting spot at defensive tackle.

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