Lions reportedly eying short-yardage free agent options

Detroit has been linked to two free agent running backs who could offer short-yardage production for the Lions. PFF looks at how they might fit in.

| 3 weeks ago
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Lions reportedly eying short-yardage free agent options


  • Despite ranking near the bottom of the league in rushing via traditional stats, Detroit opted to not select a running back in last week’s draft and could look to fill the need with remaining free agents. Both LeGarrette Blount and Matt Asiata have reportedly spoken with the team.
  • Blount’s 2016 grade of 68.0 was his worst since 2012, and his 2.48 yards after contact ranked just 29th out of 53 qualifying RBs.
  • Blount was successful of 55 percent of his short-yardage runs, which ranked 34th among qualifying RBs.
  • Asiata’s 2016 grade of 68.6 was the highest of career. Often called a “power back,” he averaged just 2.04 yards after contact last year, 51st among qualifying RBs.
  • Asiata’s 56 percent success rate on short-yardage runs ranked 29th among qualifying RBs.

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