Could Kevin Smith reside on bubble in Motown?

It wasn’t long ago, just this time last year in fact, that the Detroit Lions were rebuilding a young offense and Kevin Smith was the running back of the future.

The rebuilding process is moving on in Motown, and the Lions might not have the patience to wait on Smith. That is what Carlos Monarrez of the Detroit Free Press speculates with final cuts coming by Saturday.

Smith, who has been working his way back from a torn ACL, hasn’t looked like the same back. He’s a backup without any value to special teams and he’s averaged just 2.4 yards per carry in preseason. Monarrez asks the question, will this be a difficult decision for the Lions when they have to make the trim from 75 to 53 players?

“I don't know,” coach Jim Schwartz said. “I'll cross that bridge when we get there. I don't know that there's very many people that have 100% earned a spot.”

Smith had 20 yards on eight carries last week against the Cleveland Browns and a fumble he had was returned for a touchdown. Schwartz’s comments don’t sound like a man who is trying to motivate a player. Not at this juncture. They sound like the comments of a man who isn’t certain about the future of a young player.

“I've known a lot of people to come back from knee injuries and they need to get to the point where it's not even on their agenda anymore; they don't think about it when they're out there,” Schwartz said. “That's a long process. That's not an overnight thing. So he's still working that way.”

The best guess here is the Lions keep Smith around with the hope that he turns the corner and is an able reserve behind Jahvid Best. But he’ll have to show something this season.

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