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By Eric Edholm

The Lions have a rookie for a second straight season who quickly is earning the respect of the team's veteran players. Last season, it was QB Matthew Stafford, who was praised for his focus and maturity. This season, it's RB Jahvid Best, who, along with DT Ndamukong Suh, carries major expectations into his first season. As the No. 2 pick in the draft, Suh naturally has a high ceiling. But the praise for Best has been sky-high, with fans, media and fellow players evoking a hallowed name in comparison: Barry Sanders. Best has electric skills, although he clearly has a lot to prove before the Sanders comparisons can even be taken seriously. Although Best's speed and creativity in open space fit his modus operandi as a smaller, quicker back, our sources have been most impressed with Best's inside running ability and his toughness. Health questions, which plagued him at Cal, will crop up. But for now, Best appears to be much better than anyone could have hoped at this point.

 

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