The Lions haven't had a 1,000-yard rusher since 2004.
That season, Kevin Jones ran for 1,133 yards on a 6-10 team. New RBs coach Curtis Modkins, who oversaw the Bills' potent run game the past three years, believes he can get Detroit's out of the dumps. "(OC Scott Linehan) wants people to have to defend everything," Modkins said. "Whether we run it or pass it, I want a defense to have to defend the possibility of both and be afraid of both." The Lions have a pair of serviceable backs in Mikel Leshoure and Joique Bell, but have prioritized more of a home-run hitter in the draft or free agency.