Tion Green hopes to emerge as Lions reshape backfield

The Lions are in need of backfield help, that much was obvious this season as they just missed out on the playoffs.

Former second-round pick Ameer Abdullah hasn’t developed into an every-down back and the team could look to move on this offseason. Third-down back Theo Riddick is among the best pass catchers out of the backfield in the NFL, but he struggles between the tackles.

Going into this year, I just want no excuses. I want to show guys that I’m trustworthy. That on third-and-1, fourth-and-goal, goal line or whatever the case may be, first down, second down, third down, that they can leave me out there.

The Lions looked elite at times this season, while other games left something to be desired either offensively or defensively. One thing that never looked right was the run game. Some of that can be attributed to the myriad of injuries suffered across the offensive line, but the Lions need a quality starting running back in order to reach their full potential.

I was really surprised that it lasted that long, the older brother of Raiders quarterback Derek Carr told San Francisco’s 95.7 The Game on Monday. They had some success two years ago, so I think that really helped. But their defense had been struggling for the last couple years. He was brought in to fix that. And I think what Derek and what the offense probably bought that staff and bought those guys a little bit of time.

Derek Carr had a great season for the Raiders in 2016, but the team regressed the next year and it was clear his development was at a crossroads. He needed someone to take him to the next level and Oakland decided new head coach Jon Gruden was its man.

Oakland’s 23rd-ranked defense made the decision even easier.

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