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Do the Lions Need TJ Duckett?

The Seahawks signed Edgerrin James this week and to create room on the roster they dumped former Lions running back TJ Duckett. This has lead to discussion of the Lions bringing him back to serve as a short yardage back, however I do not believe that will happen for a number of reasons.

1.Jerome Felton has been getting a lot of carries in practice and the preseason, and seems poised to be a change of pace bruiser and possible short yardage specialist. Felton is young, has performed well thus far and has position flexibility. He plays fullback, halfback and special teams which leads to my second point.

2.TJ Duckett is just a running back. He cannot help on special teams and he provides nothing as far a position flexibility is concerned. Kevin Smith is the obvious starter and he will not play on special teams. Maurice Morris is the primary backup/third down back and he just signed a multi-year deal. He will not play much on special teams either. Therefore, the third running back (most likely Aaron Brown) needs to be a special teams contributor. Brown is expected to handle kick returns and be used as a change of pace back along with covering kicks. Duckett would have to beat out Maurice Morris in order to make the team, and the Lions would have to be willing to eat Morris’ salary.

3.Scott Linehan’s track record in ST. Louis suggests that he will rarely use a short yardage back. Perhaps he never used one in St. Louis because he had Stephen Jackson, but in his time coaching with the Rams and Miami he rarely, if ever, used a goal line back.

As much as TJ Duckett Reunion Tour seems to make sense on the surface, it seems very unlikely to occur at this point.

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One Response to “Do the Lions Need TJ Duckett?”

  1. Todd Tennis says:

    Completely agree. I like TJ, but he doesn’t fill a need. I can’t believe there is actually a need the Lions have filled!

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