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Losing Mikel LeShoure was a big hit to the Lions' season plan, but as injury comes, you must adjust. The Lions tried to adjust by signing Mike Bell and Jerome Harrison, but so far they have been outplayed by Ian Johnson who was on the practice squad last year.
As previously mentioned, through the first two preseason games, the Lions are only averaging 3.1 yards per carry. That is not going to cut it this season, as the Lions need at least a 4.0 YPC average if they want to be successful.
The grade would be much lower if the Lions backs weren't catching the ball so well. Heck, Aaron Brown led the Lions in receiving last game with five catches for 49 yards. Best has also been active in the passing game, catching three balls so far.
It would be pretty clutch for the Lions running backs to always be a good checkdown option. The Lions will be using the short passing game to running backs as de facto run plays this year so they need backs with hands.
Overall, the running backs get a B and with a healthy offensive line and tight ends, I am sure that YPC average will increase.