When the Lions moved up in the second round to draft Illinois running back Mikel LeShoure, it was assumed that he’d definitely cut into Jahvid Best’s playing time.
While LeShoure is going to get a decent number of carries, Lions head coach Jim Schwartz doesn’t necessarily think that means that Jahvid Best will immediately go to the bench when LeShoure enters the game. Schwartz thinks that the two running backs can be in the lineup at the same time.
While their differing styles, it’s certainly a possibility that both running backs could share the backfield without stepping on one another’s toes. Best is more of an outside runner, an “around the end” back and a dangerous receiver out of the backfield. LeShoure’s better at running up the middle and between the tackles.
Schwartz said that the runners workload could vary from week to week. The head coach told the Detroit Free Press, ‘It might change due to injuries and player availability. It might change based on opponent.’