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Lions banking on a ‘nastier’ run game

Matt Patricia, Lions

The Detroit Lions are hoping that this year the running game is even nastier.

In the last six seasons, the Lions haven’t had a running back who has rushed for more than 860 yards. This offseason the Lions drafted running back D’Andre Swift, and guards Jonah Jackson and Logan Stenberg. The Lions also brought in Halapoulivaati Vaitai, who looks like he will be the starting right tackle for the team in 2020.

Lions offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell hopes that the new guys on the offensive line are going to be the difference in making the run game “nastier.”

“You really want those tough, nasty grinders because that’s what it is in the run game,” Bevell said, via the team’s website. “It’s a grown man’s type of game and I’ve always talked on here that’s something we really hang our hat on and we weren’t able to do it as well as we wanted to last year. So, hopefully some of these additions will be able to help us do that.”

The Lions guru believes the guys who have been brought in have a whole new attitude. He claims that the offensive line starts with attitude, and he is confident his guys this season have the right one.

“It’s a lunch-pail, so to speak type of group,” Bevell said of the offensive line the Lions have assembled this offseason. “They kind of like to hurt the opponent as well. It’s really a mentality, all you have to do is turn Logan’s tape on, and you can see that in him and in Jonah as well.”

It’s still to be seen if this will turn into results on the field, but if it does, that will take some of the pressure off of Matthew Stafford and the passing game.