Niyo: Running back is still position of need for Lions

Indianapolis — Eight wasn’t enough.

And if you’re doing the math, it’s not hard to come up with a scenario where the Lions decide to add another running back in April’s NFL draft.

Not with their first-round pick, which seems earmarked for one of the defensive stars in this year’s class. Maybe not on Day 2, either, given all the other needs on Detroit’s roster.

But unless the Lions decide to address their backfield in free agency — keep an eye on Dion Lewis if he becomes a salary-cap casualty in Tennessee — don’t be surprised if general manager Bob Quinn ends up drafting a running back for the third consecutive season.

That’s because eight different running backs carried the ball for the Lions last season, and a half-dozen of them actually started a game. You’ve likely forgotten some of their names — where have you gone, Paul Perkins? — but the Lions probably can’t afford to do the same as they reevaluate their backfield this winter.

Starter Kerryon Johnson has been placed on injured reserve in each of his first two seasons, missing 14 games in all. And after an impressive rookie debut that saw him average 5.4 yards per carry while also flashing his receiving ability (32 catches in 10 games), Johnson’s production fell off when he was on the field last season.

The Lions did find some complementary help, adding a third-down back in J.D. Mckissic, who had a…

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