Detroit Lions: Is It Possible Jerome Harrison Is Best Option at RB?

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Detroit Lions: Is It Possible Jerome Harrison Is Best Option at RB?
CLEVELAND, OH - AUGUST 19: Jerome Harrison #36 of the Detroit Lions rushes for a first down against Raymond Ventrone #41 of the Cleveland Browns during the third quarter at Cleveland Browns Stadium on August 19, 2011 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Tigers defeated the Browns 30-28. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

There is a ton to like about this year's Detroit Lions team.

Their passing game looks out of this world, the defense has been as fierce as advertised, and the holes in the back seven have been fairly well patched up.

The offensive line has even looked pretty good so far.

That being said, there is still one area where Detroit needs to improve—the running game.

Through three preseason games, the running game has been non-existent for the most part.

Jahvid Best continues to struggle to stay on the field, Mike Bell has since been cut, and Maurice Morris continues to battle his own injuries.

Stepping into this mix becomes an unlikely candidate to help the run game, Jerome Harrison.

Harrison is a Michigan native that played his college ball for Washington State.

He has had a mostly underwhelming career in the pros, except of course for a couple of huge games two years ago while he was with the Cleveland Browns.

So far this preseason he has been about as ineffective as any of the other backs except for one thrilling screen catch on Saturday.

He took a perfectly executed pass, allowed his blockers to get in front of him, and then turned on the burners to get himself and the Lions deep into New England territory.

Of course this is just one play in the preseason, but it showed what Harrison can do in the right situation.

Harrison, like Best, is a back whose game is predicated on speed and the ability to catch passes out of the backfield. He is about the same size as Best but has a lot more durability.

We all want Best to step up and become the top notch player we all hope he can be. But thus far, we have to take a look at some serious drawbacks to Best.

First and foremost, he has not shown himself to be durable in the slightest. In college, he had a very scary incident in which he received a concussion and missed the rest of his season.

In Detroit last year, he had two terrible turf-toe injuries that rendered him useless during much of the season.

And already in this year's preseason he has had a concussion and missed all but a handful of snaps.

Now, I'm not saying it is time to give up on Best. But I am saying that it is time to start embracing Harrison as a likely replacement to Best.

The good news for Lions fans is that Harrison is likely only going to get better. He has only been on the team for a few weeks, and is already showing the ability to absorb the play book. This is only going to get better as he gets more comfortable in the system.

And unlike Morris, Harrison has breakaway speed that could lead to big plays for the offense.

In any event, the Lions need to get Harrison as many reps as possible, and potentially start shifting Best into a Reggie Bush type of role with the team until he proves he can stay healthy.

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