One of the Lions' most interesting position battles in training camp will be between running backs Kevin Smith and Jahvid Best.
Smith is the third-year incumbent. He struggled last season, but he was a good soldier. He played hard and played hurt until suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee late in the season.
Best is the rookie highlight-reel speed merchant drafted in the first round after the Lions moved up to snag him.
But Smith isn't shying away from the competition, and he's not uncomfortable talking about it.
"I mean, I'm a competitor," Smith said. "It's not just Best. It's any back that's been in the backfield. I think he's a good addition to the backfield, and I think he'll be able to do some things to help us win games."
It would be hard to imagine Best not winning this battle when all is said and done. Best is ranked 30th among RBs at 4for4 and has an ADP of the late fifth round, so in the fantasy world he's already being counted on as an RB3/flex possibility in lineups. Smith is rated 66th.