by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer (7/25/14) Lions running back Mikel Leshoure appears to be No. 4 on the depth chart to open the season behind Reggie Bush, Joique Bell and Theo Riddick, but the team has other plans, reports mlive.com.
"I think Mikel has a chance to be a big part of what we do," running backs coach Curtis Modkins said. "As a matter of fact, I'm anticipating him being a big part of what we do and a big role in our success."
While it would seem tough for Leshoure to get consistent work this year, the new offensive system in Detroit could help. Offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi developed his scheme while in New Orleans the past seven years, and New Orleans is known for using a fleet of tailbacks.
Four had at least 53 carries last year, compared to just two for Detroit. Given that context, Modkins' prediction doesn't seem so far-fetched.
Still, since he is behind Bush, Bell and Riddick, don't count on Leshoure to do much in 2014.
Mikel Leshoure getting extended look
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com (5/25/14) Lions running back Mikel Leshoure, inactive for 13 games last year, is getting increased reps this spring as Joique Bell rehabs a knee injury. "I’m taking full advantage of it,” Leshoure told the team's website. "Right now coach is giving me the opportunity to get more carries. Theo [Riddick] is getting a few more reps, too, and we’re here to take full advantage of it.
"We weren’t out there a lot last year, so to get our opportunities, whether it’s OTAs or minicamp, training camp or whatever it is, you have to take advantage of it."
Leshoure, who's entering the final year of his rookie contract, is optimistic he'll find a role in the new offense since coordinator Joe Lombardi has a history of rotating running backs with different strengths.
Mikel Leshoure excused for off-field matter
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com (4/24/14) Lions running back Mikel Leshoure practiced on the first day of minicamp, but missed the final two workouts for an off-field matter, reports MLive.com.
"He did have a personal issue, let's put it that way," coach Jim Caldwell said. "We knew he was gone and what was happening. We were well aware of it."
Mikel Leshoure skips voluntary minicamp
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com (4/23/14) Running back Mikel Leshoure is one of four Lions not participating in the team's voluntary minicamp, reports MLive.com. Leshoure is No. 4 on the team's depth chart and was active for only three games last year.
Lions not trading Mikel Leshoure
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com (3/24/14) Lions general manager Martin Mayhew said he has "zero interest" in trading running back Mikel Leshoure, reports the Detroit Free Press. Leshoure played in just three games last year, running twice for 9 yards.
Once upon a time there was a second-round pick named Mikel Leshoure. The Lions drafted him with hopes of him shouldering their run game for years to come. But unfortunate injuries, an untimely suspension and a lack of elite talent kept him from fulfilling those wishes. Now he's buried on the Lions depth chart with little hope of getting even five touches per game. A change of scenery would be best for Leshoure but chances are there aren't teams ready to bring him on and put him in a prominent role. The story doesn't have a happy ending -- Fantasy owners shouldn't have Leshoure on their rosters.