Zach Zenner makes the most of his opportunity with Lions

The Detroit Lions likely knew that they would have to rely on Zach Zenner this season given the ruthlessness of the running back position, and last week, that was finally proven true.

Sunday, Zenner rewarded the Lions' faith by staying ready and coming in to contribute. With Theo Riddick and Ameer Abdullah down, Zenner came in and gave the Lions 58 yards on the ground, and had several solid runs and bursts to keep the chains moving. He also added 19 yards through the air.

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According to Zenner, he was long ready to deliver those type of results because of the mindset of his team, which always leads to being prepared.

"Everyone on this team, on offense, we talked about -- if you have the jersey on, the team is going to need you, the offense is going to need you and certainly, the guys that were in those new positions tried to make the most of those opportunities," he said.

Zenner admitted that getting to that point has been a weekly learning process, as the Lions continue to try and figure out how to put everything together and correct any mistakes they find from week to week. 

"It's very important (to correct mistakes) because mistakes that you made, this is a league where if you don't correct those mistakes, they're going to continue to be exposed in the future," he said.

Getting better is a learning process for Zenner and the whole team.

"We're trying to get better every week, trying to have better weeks of practice, keep building on those and keep building on the wins we have," he said.

Even though he's sore, Zenner admitted he had no problems with the feeling considering he played a leading role for his team during one of their biggest wins of the young season.

"It's a good sore, I don't have anything of note so it's just the feeling you played a football game, so it's a good feeling," he joked.

That's something which was a long time coming for Zenner.

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