Early draft picks could boost Detroit's running game

Early draft picks could boost Detroit's running game


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ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Lions have begun rookie minicamp, and coach Jim Caldwell is hopeful his team can improve its running game.

Two players the Lions added to help with that effort were on hand Friday. In the draft last week, Detroit picked offensive lineman Laken Tomlinson in the first round and running back Ameer Abdullah in the second.

The Lions went 11-6 last season, but they averaged 88.9 yards rushing, ranking 28th in the NFL. Reggie Bush had only 76 carries, and Joique Bell averaged just 3.9 yards per attempt.

Detroit cut Bush this offseason, meaning there was room for another back to complement Bell. Abdullah was the choice, taken with the 54th pick in the draft after a stellar career at Nebraska.

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