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RB Smith to carry load on offense

The former UCF standout will be the Lions' go-to guy as they break in a rookie QB

Updated: September 2, 2009, 2:44 PM ET
By Bill Barnwell | Football Outsiders

With the regular season approaching, the Football Outsiders use their unique brand of analysis to break down each of the league's 32 teams. The series continues today with a look at the Detroit Lions.

Season Preview -- Detroit Lions

A sophomore running back will pick up the offensive load as the Lions break in a rookie QB. But the best young talent in Detroit is in the secondary.

To see which player could soar, which could sink and whom you need to watch before the season opener, you must be an ESPN Insider. Insider

Bill Barnwell (@billbarnwell) is a staff writer for Grantland.