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Justin Vanfulpen - LionsFans.com
PONTIAC How fast things can change with life in the NFL. From the start of training camp, Sedrick Irvin was going to be the Lions back-up running back behind James Stewart. He was second on the depth chart and all the offensive coaches that you talked to would say that he is a solid number 2. But with his two performances in the pre-season games, along with Lamont Warren's two performances has changed some things because now Warren is the leading candidate to be the backup behind starter James Stewart.
"Lamont played well and showed some things. You can see he has a good feel for that role," said head coach Marty Mornhinweg. "Almost always, these things work themselves out in practices and preseason games and it becomes pretty clear on who's the guy."
But with Warren, Irvin, Reuben Droughns and Amp Lee competing for the backup job, Mornhinweg probably won't make a decision until the end of the exhibition season which two of these four guys that he will keep on the roster.
Warren had a good showing in training camp and has made the most of his opportunities in the two pre-season games, with six carries for 52 yards (8.7 yards average) and four receptions for 33 yards.
"I always wanted to play in the West Coast offense," Warren said. "I never played in it, but I know it's an efficient offense. I know (West Coast teams) always had great backs. So I'm excited about it; it's just a lot of learning involved."
One thing that Warren saw when he looked at the game film of last Saturday's game was that there were things that he could improve on.
"There's still a lot of room for improvement I'm very critical of myself. I thought my game was terrible; you have your little nicks and bruises, and your fatigue setting in," said Warren. It didn't look good to me personally, but that's something I can work with."
One thing is that Warren is not worried about is who is head or behind him in the back-up running back positions. He knows he needs to worry about just himself.
"You don't even think about it, you continue to worry about yourself and continue to try to get better," said Warren. "You start playing the numbers game, you always get messed over in the end."
New and Notes:
Running back Amp Lee could see his first action Saturday against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Two other guys that might see there first action of the pre-season against the Steelers are wide receiver Herman Moore and along with rookie defensive tackle Shaun Rogers.
Wide receiver Germane Crowell (knee) won't play against the Steelers, but Mornhinweg hopes that he will be back for the final pre-season game.