Detroit Lions: What Aaron Brown Re-Signing Means for Lions' Running Game

Brandon LeopoldContributor IDecember 2, 2011

ALLEN PARK, MI - AUGUST 01: Aaron Brown #21 of the Detroit Lions runs throught the morning drills at the Lions training facility on August 1, 2011 in Allen Park, Michigan.  (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
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Lions fans, rejoice!

For those of you who have commented on previous articles and called in to radio shows wondering where Aaron Brown went, well look no further.

With the potential loss of running back Kevin Smith (who is expected to play Sunday) and the placement of running back Jahvid Best on Injured Reserve, the Lions re-signed the former running back who they released in the offseason. So what does Aaron Brown bring to the Lions?

"Pure speed." That's how Jim Schwartz described Brown. While Smith can run between the tackles in more of a power-running style, Brown can bounce to the outside and give that burst of speed that this team desperately needs.

The third-year running back out of TCU has also handled kickoff returns in the past. While he is no Stefan Logan or Devin Hester, he still has amassed 959 yards in his previous two seasons on kickoff returns. If he can get into the open field, as Terrell Owens once put it, "get your popcorn ready and enjoy the show".

The Lions are going into Sunday's game against New Orleans with more questions than answers. Star defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh is facing a possible two-game suspension (I say possible because he appealed the suspension), Jahvid Best is obviously on IR, and let's face it, Matt Stafford's finger is still bothering him, though all signs say he will be playing Sunday without the glove.

If Smith is not 100 percent and Maurice Morris struggles, expect Brown to get the bulk of the carries. As of right now though, Brown is listed as the third-stringer on the depth chart.

The Lions' running game now has an added dimension on the depth chart, if they can stay healthy.