The Detroit Lions brought in running back Reggie Bush to balance their offense and he succeeded, rushing for over 1,000 yards as well as having over 500 yards receiving.
His backup Joique Bell also rushed for over 500 yards and had over 500 yards receiving, becoming the first teammates ever to join the 500/500 club in the same season.
So Bush is penciled in as the featured back and Bell is in at the No. 2 spot leaving a battle open for third spot, and it looks like Mikel Leshoure is going to be the odd man out.
Bush’s addition, as well as the emergence of Bell and now Riddick, means Mikel Leshoure could again be nudged out of a role.
General manager Martin Mayhew has said he expects the former second-round pick to compete for snaps, and the Saints — whose offense has arrived in Detroit — did occasionally use a fourth tailback. But Leshoure’s battle for touches will be an uphill one with Bell, Bush and now Riddick seemingly entrenched ahead of him.
If Leshoure is looking for any kind of solace, a New Orleans Saints style offense is being installed and they used four running backs at times.
But it looks like Leshoure is going to rarely see the field in 2014.