The Detroit Lions announced today that they’ve re-signed RB Kevin Smith and sign G Leonard Davis.
Smith was originally drafted by the club in the third round (64th overall) of the 2008 NFL Draft. During his rookie campaign, Smith was the team leader in rushing attempts (238), rushing yards (976), rushing average (4.2) and rushing touchdowns (eight) and was fourth in the league among rookie rushers in yards, while his eight rushing touchdowns were the third-highest tally by a rookie in Lions history.
For the next two years, Smith’s seasons were cut short due to injuries. In 2010, he was placed on the reserve/injured list November 20 after suffering a thumb injury, and in 2009, after suffering a knee injury at Baltimore (12/13), he was placed on the reserve/injured list December 15.
During his three seasons Smith played in 35 games with 25 starts, carrying the ball 489 times for 1,856 yards (3.8 avg.) and 12 touchdowns. He also had 91 receptions for 824 yards (9.1 avg.) and a touchdown, registering 2,676 total all-purpose yards.
A three-time Pro bowler, Davis was drafted in the first round (second overall) of the 2001 NFL Draft by the Arizona Cardinals. Through 155 games played with 155 starts, Davis brings 10 years of experience at right guard and tackle.
After spending the first six years of his career in Arizona, Davis signed with the Dallas Cowboys March 4, 2007. In 2010, Davis was part of an offensive line that averaged 111.6 rushing yards per game and 256.6 passing yards per game, while the previous season he helped the Cowboys finish second in the NFL in total offense, averaging 399.5 yards per game.
The Lions also announced today that they’ve released RB Eldra Buckley and CB Anthony Madison.
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