Reports are saying Detroit Lions running back Jahvid Best, who missed most of the 2011 season after suffering his second concussion, might take part in the team’s off season work out program that begins this week.
This is great news for the Lions and their fans. They have been through a trying couple of weeks after the recent arrests of Nick Fairley and Mikel Leshoure. As well as the more recent news of former Lions player Charles Rogers getting arrested for allegedly threatening to kill his mom.
Although, Best has not been officially cleared by the Lions medical staff, he has been working out on his own since December. During the first weeks of the Lions off season workout program, Best and his Lions teammates will only be doing strength and conditioning workouts. This is a huge step for him just being around and working out with his teammates.
The Lions missed Best after he got injured. They became primarily a passing offense, that became one of the NFL’s best. They reach the playoffs for the first time since 1999. The Lions were easily beaten by the New Orleans Saints because of their defense’s inability to stop the Saints offense. They also did not have a running game that could get them first downs, and control the clock as the Saints were able to against them.
Having Best back gives the Lions a running game that will complement their strong passing offense. They will be able to not only challenge the Green Bay Packers and the Chicago Bears for the NFC North Division title, they will have an offense that will give them a great chance to advance further in the playoffs.
The Lions know they are a better team with Best in their back field. If Best is able to use his great running and receiving abilities to make the Lions offense better than they were in 2011 then the Lions will be legit Super Bowl contenders for seasons to come.