With Jamaal Williams back and D’Andre Swift perhaps soon to follow, Godwin Igwebuike likely will be the odd man out of the Detroit Lions’ running back rotation.
Igwebuike has fumbled three times, losing two of them, in the Lions’ past two games, but offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn said he has not lost faith in Igwebuike’s ability to tote the ball.
“He’s going through a rough patch, and we’re going to figure out how mentally tough he is,” Lynn said Thursday. “My philosophy has always been, when a running back’s going through a rough patch like that, keep giving it to him. And that’s the best way to help him come through this. But we have all the confidence in the world in that young man, and I just believe he’s going to come out on the other side a better running back than he is right now.”
Lions running back Godwin Igwebuike outruns Cardinals inside linebacker Zaven Collins during the first half on Sunday, Dec. 19, 2021, at Ford Field.
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The Lions’ primary kick returner most of the season, Igwebuike has seen only spot duty in the backfield since converting from safety to running back this summer.
He logged his first three NFL carries in the Lions’ blowout loss to the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 8 and has become progressively more involved in the offense since Thanksgiving.
With Swift nursing a sprained shoulder the past three weeks and Williams out two games due to COVID-19, Igwebuike started the Lions’ Week 14 loss to the Denver Broncos and played as the team’s primary third-down back against the Minnesota Vikings and Arizona Cardinals.
He lost a fumble early in the second half against the Broncos, was ruled out of bounds prior to fumbling a second time, and last week lost another fumble on his second and final carry against the…