Here’s a look at the Detroit Lions’ running back situation after the draft.
- D’Andre Swift
- Jamaal Williams
- Craig Reynolds
- Godwin Igwebuike
- Jermar Jefferson
- Greg Bell
Like the quarterback position, the Detroit Lions didn’t add anyone to their running back room, but unlike quarterback, running back should be a stronger position on the roster. D’Andre Swift should continue to be a dynamic weapon in both the pass and run game.
His co-starter, Jamaal Williams, is another weapon in both aspects but should see more time running between the tackles. Behind them is an exciting competition for the backup positions. Craig “Netflix” Reynolds should enter as the third back after being signed off the street in the preseason. He capitalized on injuries late in the year and showed his skills in a 112-yard game against the Cardinals.
Godwin Igwebuike slightly edges out Jermar Jefferson due to his abilities as a returner and on special teams. The converted safety has skills as a pass catcher and has potential after only playing the position for a year.
Last year’s seventh-round pick, Jefferson, is a better runner than Igwebuike. Still, he will need to be significantly better in that aspect than Igwebuike or find ways to add value in special teams or other aspects of the game.
Beyond the runningbacks, here’s a look at the Detroit Lions fullback situation.
- Jason Cabinda
- James Mitchell
Jason Cabinda cemented himself as a near roster lock last season due to his versatility. He played well as a lead blocker and receiver at fullback. Outside of fullback, he lined up at tight end and H-back, where he showed his value as a blocker.
On top of that, he was one of the best special teams players on the field. Heck, if needed, he would be ready to move back to linebacker if injuries got that bad. Stats don’t show it, but Cabinda is a valuable piece to the Lions roster. Behind him, Mitchell has some H-back experience and could step in if needed.