The Lions haven't had a 1,000-yard rusher since 2004.
That season, Kevin Jones gained 1,133 yards on the ground for a 6-10 team. New RBs coach Curtis Modkins, who oversaw the Bills' potent running game the past three seasons, believes he can get Detroit's run game out of the dumps. "I think (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 should make finding more of a home-run hitter in either the draft or free agency a priority.