by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer (2/21/14) The Lions might still have use for running back Mikel Leshoure in 2014, reports the Detroit News. General manager Martin Mayhew said Friday at the NFL Scouting Combine that Leshoure will have a clean slate this season.
"I think he’s obviously a very talented guy," Mayhew said. "He did not get a lot of opportunities last year. Our system last year was really a two-back system. If Joique (Bell) and Reggie (Bush) were healthy, they were going to get the bulk of the carries … (Leshoure) couldn't break into the top two.”
Leshoure, the team’s second-round pick in 2011, was active for three games last season, playing behind Bush, Bell and rookie Theo Riddick, who had a role on special teams. Leshoure had two carries the entire season.
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com (12/8/13) Three offensive linemen are among the seven players on the Lions inactive list for the game Sunday against the Eagles. They are Rodney Austin, Leroy Harris and Corey Hilliard.
Mikel Leshoure went from the starting running back for the Lions in 2012 to potentially third string this year. He was demoted during training camp from No. 2 behind Reggie Bush to No. 3 behind Joique Bell as well. Leshoure can still move ahead of Bell, and he has the chance to still work in short-yardage situations, but his Fantasy value is down compared to last year with the addition of Bush. We would only draft Leshoure with a late-round pick in standard leagues, and he's only worth a flier in deep PPR formats. (Updated 8/6/13)