Detroit Lions tailback Mikel Leshoure acknowledges there was a point last season when he realized he would not get an opportunity to play under the old coaching staff.
But he says he never wavered in his belief that he can be a productive NFL tailback, if given an opportunity. And he says he'll find that opportunity this year, whether it's in Detroit or elsewhere.
"I feel like I'll get a role somewhere," he said, when asked after practice Monday whether he'd prefer to move on if he can't land a job in Detroit. "So I'm going to think about that right now."
Leshoure was selected in the second round of the 2011 draft, then led the Lions in rushing a year later. But he plummeted down the depth chart in 2013.
Reggie Bush was signed in 2013 and the emergence of Joique Bell pushed Leshoure down the chart. Now this season, there is hype around sixth-round draft pick Theo Riddick. Seems like Leshoure may have to get a fresh start somewhere else.