After a solid start to his NFL career with the Detroit Lions, indulging rushing for nearly 400 yards in 4 touchdowns in 2016, former SDSU running back Zach Zenner took a small-step back in 2017. He ultimately decided to resign with the lions, and has had a productive off-season this summer.
"I'm happy to be back in Detroit! I'm excited to be back, and this off-season, I really felt pretty good physical, because towards the end of the year, I wasn't playing as often on Sundays, so physically I wasn't as worn down, so because of that I felt better when I started my workouts back up." Detriot Loins running back Zach Zenner said.
The Lions organization also made some big moves this off-season, bringing in a new head coach in Matt Patricia, along with three-time super champion running back LeGarrette Blount. Zenner has welcomed in the changes and added competition.
"Whenever I team brings in new guys at the running back position, or maybe it will be someone who plays special teams, I try to learn from those people and see what they bring to the table, and see I can take something and put that into my game. As a far as a the competition - absolutely, I love the competition," Zenner said.
"it might be tough with the Lions, but he is a guy you wan't on your roster and he will find a home, because he is that guy that you know you can depend on, and he will be there for whatever you need. Those guys are invaluable," Sioux Falls storm head coach Kurtiss Riggs said.
Zenner and the Lions report to training camp in two weeks, and the tailback is looking forward to a bounce-back season any opportunity he gets to contribute in Detroit.
"In my perspective, my role on the team is what I can do. What I can show what I can do, and again that goes back to whatever opportunities I can get - whether that be special teams, in the passing game, in the running - just trying to maximize those. I'm just trying to help out this team as much as I can this year, and working to win games," Zenner said.
Zenner will start training camp July 27th in Michigan..