The Lions have invested quite a few resources into revamping arguably the worst rushing attack of the past decade.
The work still needs to be done, however, and it takes time to develop the chemistry required for a successful ground game. But, with the team ranking dead last in rush yards per game in 2017, you have to expect some kind of improvement.
Signing Blount after off back-to-back Super Bowl victories with two different teams was viewed as the first piece to really turning things around. Initially, many predicted he’d be the first Lions RB since Reggie Bush in 2013 to crack 1,000 yards.
With guys like Ameer Abdullah, Theo Riddick and now Johnson in the mix, it’s looking less and less likely that Blount will be the bell-cow some anticipated he’d be when he signed here a few months ago.
One writer, Doug Farrar of Bleacher Report, thinks Blount is in for a down year. In his recent article which named one player from each team that he expects to disappoint in 2018, Farrar lists Blount as his Lion primed for underachievement.
“But as an every-down back, Blount falls short at this point in his career, and it’s entirely possible that Auburn product Kerryon Johnson, selected in the second round of the 2018 draft, could take reps from Blount in a goal-line role,” wrote fARRAR.
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It’s true that Blount will now be forced to stand out in a crowded backfield, but his familiarity with new head coach Matt Patricia and his veteran leadership may give him a head start early on. For the record, I have Blount leading the team in touchdowns in my fantasy projections.
We will have to wait and see how it all shakes out, but don’t give up on this Blount just yet.