Chrissie Wywrot of the Lions official website (click here for the article) has a quote from coach Jim Schwartz saying:
“Kevin looked so good,” said Schwartz. “Ran well, moved well; (he) was in great shape. (He’s) been a productive player for us when he’s been on the field and I think one of the silver linings in this was (the time off) gave his body time to heal.”
The Professor’s Take:
The initial thought on Smith’s signing was that it meant bad things for Jahvid Best and his return from a concussion, though this quote would tend to strike some doubt in that. It’s not like the Lions’ running backs have been stellar aside from Best:
- Keiland Williams – 39 carries for 118 yards and 1 TD
- Maurice Morris – 31 carries for 128 yards and 1 TD
With Williams averaging a meager 3.0 yards per carry, you easily could argue that the team needed improved depth, especially with the loss of Jerome Harrison for the season. Is Smith an ideal fill-in given his injury history? Probably not, though he knows the system and has been productive for the team in the past.
Over 35 games he has rushed for 1,856 yards (3.8 yards per carry) as well as picking up 91 receptions for 824 yards. He’s also scored 13 total touchdowns.
Initially he will likely be stuck in the third running back spot, but don’t be surprised if he quickly moves up the depth chart. If Best is forced to miss an extended period of time it wouldn’t be a major shock to see him climb to the top spot.
That alone makes him worth keeping a close eye on and seeing what develops. I wouldn’t count on him emerging as a viable fantasy option, but if you are in a deep format and are desperate he’s worth stashing and seeing what happens.
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