Two weeks ago, Detroit Lions running back Kevin Smith was unemployed and waiting by the phone. Today he is coming off one of the strong performances in Detroit Lions history. Smith helped key a Lions comeback from a 24-7 deficit as he provided a career-high three rushing touchdowns and 203 total yards of offense.
Smith entered the NFL in 2008 and put together a fairly solid rookie campaign in which he rushed for 976 yards and eight touchdowns. He struggled in 2009 as he began to deal with some injuries. He tore his ACL late in 2009 and struggled for much of 2010 with the ACL recovery and a subsequent thumb injury.
The Lions have been without running back Jahvid Best since he went down with a concussion in week six. Maurice Morris and Keiland Williams have tried to fill the void, but neither has been able to do a whole lot of much. Smith's breakout performance should get him more carries and might be enough to secure the starting job until (if) Best returns. Everyone will be making a claim on Kevin Smith this week. Feel free to go after him, but do not expect monster performances every week.