The Detroit Lions head into training camp with two starting-caliber running backs and quality depth behind them.
The Detroit Lions upgraded their running game last offseason by signing Reggie Bush, and he was significantly better than previous starter Mikel Leshoure.
Bush rushed for 1,006 yards and four touchdowns. The former second overall pick also contributed in the pass-catching department with 54 catches, 506 yards and three touchdowns. However, his season ended roughly as he rushed for just 68 yards in his last two games.
The ex-USC Trojan will continue to split carries with Joique Bell, who also emerged as a fantastic all-purpose back. The former undrafted free agent rushed for 650 yards and eight touchdowns while adding 53 catches and 547 receiving yards.
Bush and Bell became the first running back duo in NFL history to post at least 500 rushing and receiving yards in a single season.
Theo Riddick is entering his second year as a pro, and he will stick around as the third-string running back.
Mikel Leshoure has had a big fall from grace since starting in 2012, but he will still likely be around as a key backup and will battle Riddick for touches behind Bush and Bell.
The Lions will also have a solid fullback in Jed Collins, who signed a one-year contract after spending four years with the New Orleans Saints. Bush and Bell will benefit from his blocking skills.
Running back should continue to be a strong position for the Lions, and there is depth to ensure that the running game can stay effective if Bush or Bell goes down.