Detroit Lions Training Camp Battles: Mikel Leshoure vs. Jahvid Best

Robert Quinn@@RQuinn619Correspondent IMay 9, 2012

DETROIT - OCTOBER 10: Jahvid Best #44 of the Detroit Lions rushes for a first down during the fourth quarter of the game against the Chicago Bears at Ford Field on October 10, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan. The Lions defeated the Bears 24-13. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
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Heading into Detroit Lions' training camp, there will be a battle at the running back position between two players the team invested high draft choices in: Jahvid Best and Mikel Leshoure. Leshoure missed all of last year after tearing his Achilles tendon, but he is a big, strong back who can carry the load of 20 touches per game. 

Best is injury-prone and coming off of a concussion. While he should be cleared for contact in June, according to the Detroit Free Press, the speedster out of California is hoping to regain his starting role.

Last year, he had just 84 carries for 390 yards, scoring twice in the six games he appeared in while adding 27 receptions for 287 yards and a score. 

Leshoure is more of a power back, and he had an outstanding collegiate career, rushing for 2,557 yards and 23 touchdowns at Illinois. 

The Chicago Tribune reports that the Lions are expected to extend an offer to former Green Bay Packers' running back Ryan Grant. Leshoure and Best will be battling for playing time.