(ALLEN PARK) - Lions fans, hold on to those No. 34 "Stewart" jerseys in the closet.
There's a kid wearing No. 34 in Lions camp that looks like he's going to be pretty good.
Kevin Jones took a big step toward backing up his post draft celebratory talk of being the starting running back for the Lions this fall.
The 21-year old showed tremendous speed through the holes and around the edges in Detroit's weekend mini camp in the teams Allen Park training facility.
While it was only a shirt-and-shorts camp, if Jones can take what he showed at this camp into the regular season, he will give Detroit a dimension that they haven't had since No. 20 decided to abruptly end his career in Motown - a feature back that opposing defenses must account for.
"A lot of people say that you can't get to the outside [in the NFL] and that you're not really going to outrun anybody, but that's not true," Jones said. "It's about who can do it and who can't. I'm just going to try to go out and use what I have to my advantage."
After being drafted 30th overall in the first round by Detroit, Jones wants to prove that he belongs and that he can contribute.
But taking one thing at a time, right now he just wants to learn the plays. ? feel like I'm fitting in pretty good. I just want to learn the offense and learn my role and just try to execute that."
Throughout the weekend sessions, Jones exhibited more speed than any of the other Lions running backs and on at least three different occasions, took the ball around the edge and into the end zone.
He also showed a willingness to do the dirty work, taking the ball into the interior line. At 6-foot, 227-lbs, he is a physical specimen who, at a glance appears to be all muscle, and is ready and able to take the pounding that comes with running the ball inside.
"When I have to run up the middle I do, when it's outside, I take it outside, whatever presents itself."
Jones rushed for over 3,400 yards in his Virginia Tech career, but caught the ball only 29 times for just over 200 yards. In Detroit's West Coast offense, backs are expected to catch the ball out of the backfield routinely. Jones believes he can make the adjustment.
"I'm picking that up pretty well. I'm just trying to learn the plays. They [work me out] in the passing game every day. The backs do that a lot here. It's different, but I like it."
Jones says there won't be any problems getting his contract done. "Definitely not, I just trying to be here as soon as possible, to get in and bond with my teammates. I don't want to be sitting out."
While you may have to make an adjustment to those old No. 34 jerseys, don't get rid of them just yet.
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