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Lions' Joe Lombardi: Running game 'a work in progress'

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The Detroit Lions are searching for a running game.

The team ranked 28th in rushing in 2014, earning just 88.9 yards per game. They then cut Reggie Bush in the offseason, just a year removed from a 1,006-yard rushing and 506-yard receiving season.

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Offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi recently admitted that questions remain about the Lions backfield heading into 2015.

"I think it is a work in progress," Lombardi said, per the team's official website. "Joique (Bell) we love. He's a tough guy. Runs hard. Just keeping him healthy will be key.

"I'm very excited for Theo (Riddick) and have been since I first got here. I think we're going to see great things from him."

Bell has shown an ability to be a between-the-tackles runner who can excel in the passing attack. However, he is coming off a 223-carry season and averaged just 3.9 yards per tote each of the past two seasons. He needs a sidekick.

Riddick is a complete wildcard in the running game (29 career carries for 2.6 yards per), but adds a shifty weapon in the passing attack.

The Lions will likely be in the market for a running back at some point of the NFL Draft to help shoulder some of the load. It shouldn't be a shock if that selection comes earlier than expected. 

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