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Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Rookie Watch: Best to be tested

By Matt Williamson
Scouts Inc.

After a two-touchdown performance against the rival Chicago Bears in Week 1, Detroit Lions running back Jahvid Best earned our Rookie Watch spotlight.

It wasn't all that glorious an afternoon for Best. The Lions tried early in the game to run against the Bears' seven-man fronts, but the holes were sparse and Best did little.

His touchdown runs were very impressive, and certainly he is a player with a lot of juice. He has a very bright future in this league as a multidimensional weapon, but his merit and readiness will be tested with injured quarterback Matthew Stafford out of the lineup.

When opposing defenses prepare for the Lions' offense with Shaun Hill behind center, they simply will not have to defend as much of the field because of the vast difference in arm strength. That will put more of the defensive focus on Best. He could be a great dump-off option for Hill, or he might not be able to handle the added attention. We shall see.

The Lions will host the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 2, which should provide Best a stiffer test than he faced last week.