By Dylan Wittenberg
The Detroit Lions, a team that made the NFC Playoffs a year ago, have made drastic improvements over the past few months in the NFL off season. General Manager Bob Quinn has addressed nearly every one of the team’s needs, including swapping out two mediocre offensive lineman for two prime superstars and reloading an old defense with new, young talent. With a potent offensive line, passing game, and defense in place for the 2017 season, there is only one hole left to fill for the NFC North contenders: running back.
Although many people were surprised to see the Lions pass on young and speedy prospects in the NFL Draft, including Toledo’s Kareem Hunt and Texas’ D’Onta Foreman, it seems that Bob Quinn, per usual, has had a plan in place the whole time: LeGarrette Blount. Blount, who rushed for a career high 18 touchdowns last year for the Super Bowl winning Patriots, is an unrestricted free agent on the open market. Per Yahoo! Sports, the Lions and the New York Giants are currently the two main teams in play for his services.
An addition of LeGarrette Blount would be a drastic improvement to not only the Lions’ offense but the team’s defense as well. A power back of his caliber would be a key component in moving the ball and churning the clock, playing Robin to Matthew Stafford’s Superman and also giving the young defense imperative rest when on the field. Blount also would have little trouble finding running lanes behind what is potentially a top five offensive line.
Blount seems like the perfect fit for what Quinn would like to do in Detroit. In fact, Quinn was one of the key front office members to bring Blount into New England a couple seasons ago. He won’t come at a hefty price tag and will fill a big need for Detroit. In the end, he seems like the best possible piece at the running back position and could lift the Lions into contenders instantly.
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