But the cash-strapped Lions also would not be making these investments if they were not serious about actually featuring all these backs in the offense. Team president Tom Lewand confirmed as much this week.
"You're going to see some more two-back sets," Lewand told a small crowd this week at the TAP restaurant in the MGM casino in downtown Detroit. He added that they would mimic what New Orleans has done with deploying a multitude of tailbacks.
"It's a very adaptable offense, and they want to use the talent and the guys that we have, not just one back at a time because that's what the personnel group calls for."
The Lions wanted to use more two-back sets last year after signing fullback Montell Owens, but Owens played only one offensive series due to a pair of knee injuries. Bell and Bush were occasionally featured on the field at the same time, though those formations usually split Bush out at receiver.
The Lions are paying Bell about the same as what Ben Tate and Toby Gerhart signed for, so it's starting to look like Bell will play the Pierre Thomas/Mark Ingram role in the Lions offense with Reggie Bush returning to more of a Darren Sproles-like role as a receiving specialist. Bell's stock is up while Bush's is down.
Tuesday, November 19, 2013, 2:50pm
Friday, November 15, 2013, 6:00pm
Thursday, December 27, 2012, 4:11pm
Friday, December 21, 2012, 7:09pm
Thursday, December 20, 2012, 7:30pm
Wednesday, December 19, 2012, 7:34pm
Jaguars RB Rashad Jennings (concussion) did not practice Wednesday. HC Mike Mularkey said Jennings failed his concussion test. Maurice Jones-Drew (foot) did not practice Wednesday. "I'd be very surprised if he can run like we want him to run." It appears Montell Owens will get another start this week, but may not see many carries against the Patriots.
Wednesday, December 19, 2012, 1:33pm
HC Mike Mularkey said RB Rashad Jennings failed concussion test and won't practice Wednesday.
Mularkey also says Maurice Jones-Drew will run full speed today. "I'd be very surprised if he can run like we want him to run."
Friday, December 14, 2012, 7:39pm
Jaguars RB Rashad Jennings (concussion, out) and Maurice Jones-Drew (foot, out) missed practice all week and are out for Week 15. Montell Owens will get another start in a not-so-great matchup with the Dolphins.
Thursday, December 13, 2012, 6:34pm
Wednesday, December 12, 2012, 7:20pm
Friday, December 7, 2012, 8:00pm
Jaguars RB Rashad Jennings (concussion, out) and Maurice Jones-Drew (foot, out) were ruled out on Friday. Montell Owens is slated to start at RB this week. Only desperate owners should consider him a flex option.
Thursday, December 6, 2012, 7:53pm
Jaguars RB Rashad Jennings (concussion) and Maurice Jones-Drew (foot) missed practice again Thursday. Montell Owens is slated to start at RB this week. Only desperate owners should consider him a flex option.
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