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
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.
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Football Outsiders uses advanced stats to give you a player on the rise, another one in decline and a key player to watch for each team in the preseason. The series starts in the AFC West and runs for 32 consecutive days.
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