Mikel Leshoure Fantasy News
Thursday, November 28, 2013, 11:11am
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Monday, October 14, 2013, 8:23am
Lions RB Joique Bell felt a rib "pop" on his first carry of the fourth quarter and tried to continue, but decided against it when he felt the rib pop again on the sideline. He had X-rays, which came back negative.
Bell said he hurt the rib when he was bent backward in an awkward position and then chose to protect the ball instead of shield himself from a hit.
Schwartz: Reggie Bush's injuries 'could be medium term'
Wednesday, September 18, 2013, 10:25am
"The tests (Monday) were encouraging," Lions coach Jim Schwartz said. "He's going to be sore, but he doesn't have anything that's long term."
"I guess it could be medium term," Schwartz said. "It's too hard to speculate on injuries, and that's why I usually don't. I don't like putting any kind tag on things because you never know how people are going to react to anything."
Bush briefly returned to Sunday's game, but spent most of the time on the sidelines after losing a fumble deep in Lions' territory.
"I was cleared to come back," Bush told reporters on Sunday in Arizona. "I felt like I could run. I just wasn't myself. It was best for me not go in."
"If we're going to be without him, we're going to need to find other ways to move the ball and other ways to score because we didn't get that done in the second half," Schwartz said. "He's a good fit in our offense, and we're going to work to get him back as soon as we can."
Bell would be a very Sneaky Start if Bush can't play. Schwartz's comments don't sound optimistic that Bush will be able to play in Week 3, though he hasn't been ruled out. We'll monitor his practice activity this week.
Sunday, September 15, 2013, 2:41pm
Joique Bell winning RB2 battle
Monday, August 26, 2013, 1:04pm
Maybe because he's in control.
Bell, competing with Mikel Leshoure for the gig, is having a terrific preseason.
Bell seemingly has outperformed Leshoure, both in practices and games.
In last week's game against the Patriots, Bell rushed five times for a team-high 52 yards and caught two passes for 49 yards, including a nifty 38-yard second-half catch that featured several broken tackles. Something Leshoure has failed to do, the story points out. If he wins the job, Bell will back up Reggie Bush. Bell isn't getting drafted, but if you own Bush, Bell may be someone to consider in the last round.
Friday, August 16, 2013, 6:27pm
Bell is the correct handcuff for Reggie Bush, who hasn't been the most durable back throughout his career. Bell is a nice late-round flier in deeper formats.
Thursday, June 20, 2013, 2:25pm
Bell finished second on the team (Mikel Leshoure) with 414 yards rushing (5.0 average). He also caught 52 passes for 485 yards, ranking fifth in the league for number of catches by any running back in the NFL.
Bell's role grew a lot last season and it seems he's continued the upward trend throughout the offseason.
"Joique's had an outstanding offseason," Lions head coach Jim Schwartz said after last week's last mini-camp practice. "Him and (Matthew) Stafford probably spent most of the time here at the facility (during the offseason).
Bell is going to lose catches to Reggie Bush, but the team seems to want to get him on the field. That may end up taking away carries from LeShoure...
Monday, June 17, 2013, 9:09am
Detroit Lion RB Mikel Leshoure is on the mend and wants to prove he can be consistently effective and, of course, available.
“You know, I think at times last year we saw the Leshoure that we drafted and then we were too inconsistent in other games and I think that’s probably the biggest thing,” coach Jim Schwartz said. “I think his biggest room for improvement is consistency from week to week, whether it’s physical or else wise.”
It’s early, but so far, so good. The Lions have been managing Leshoure’s practice time this offseason, but he took part fully in minicamp last week.
We rank Reggie Bush 23rd and LeShoure 37th on our standard RB list. While Bush will likely play a large role on third down, LeShoure, if healthy, should get the goal line chances and possibly work on first and second down. Health will be the key for both of these backs.
OC Linehan: Reggie Bush's role will be "pretty substantial"
Thursday, June 13, 2013, 10:39am
Offensive coordinator Scott Linehan has that vital weapon — a versatile and explosive running back — that has been lacking in his arsenal for so long.
“Well, I think [Reggie Bush is] definitely going to add a dynamic to our offense,” Linehan said. “First of all, he gives us a running back that has produced in this league and really, in the last two years, done a really good job of just carrying the ball. He’s done it.
“You saw it even prior to his last stop (in New Orleans), he was doing a lot of the things you’ll see him do in our offense and be a dual-threat guy. He gives us a dynamic that, you know, a lot like what we got with Jahvid. It’s a little different, everybody’s different, but he definitely gives us a guy that can be an effective rusher and effective receiver.”
“So,” Linehan said, “the one thing about his position is you can get him the ball as a runner and as a pass receiver and his involvement is going to be pretty substantial.”
Thursday, May 23, 2013, 1:26pm
"He's battling some stuff," HC Jim Schwartz said. "He can do some individual stuff but he's not ready to do any team work."
From The Detroit News: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130522/SPORTS0101/305220408#ixzz2U8...
Tuesday, April 16, 2013, 12:23pm
Bell was Detroit’s second-leading rusher last season behind Mikel Leshoure. Bell ran for 414 yards on 82 carries with three touchdowns. He also caught 52 passes for 485 yards.
Bell's role has been taken by Reggie Bush, so he won't be much of a fantasy factor in 2013 unless Bush gets injured.
Schwartz: Reggie Bush will catch 60-80 passes in 2013
Wednesday, April 10, 2013, 12:45pm
Bush caught 294 passes in 60 games over five seasons with the Saints. That's 4.9 catches per game, which equates to 78 receptions if he's able to play 16 games. In other words, it's not an unreasonable goal for Schwartz and the Lions. He also averaged 70.5 total yards and .483 TDs per game while with the Saints. Those are fringe RB2 numbers in standard formats and fringe RB1 numbers in PPR. His involvement in the Detroit passing game is clear, so the question is -- will Bush get the 8.7 carries per game he saw in New Orleans, or will the Lions use him more in the running game? That answer, coupled with his ability to stay healthy, will drive his fantasy value in 2013. Keep in mind that Mikel Leshoure is a very capable goal line back, so he is likely to vulture some red zone touches, limiting Bush's upside.
Reggie Bush's role will change in Detroit
Sunday, March 24, 2013, 12:15pm
While playing with a receiver like Calvin Johnson is unique because of the way he draws the defense’s attention, playing in a high-powered passing offense isn’t unique for Reggie Bush. HC Jim Schwartz told Jim Rome that his plan for Bush goes back to the way Bush was used early in his career as a Saint, rather than the way he was used in the last two seasons in Miami.
“Our plan for him is a little bit different than that, maybe going back to a little more the way he was used with the New Orleans Saints,” Schwartz. “We think he can have a greater impact on the game when we give him the ball on his terms, on our terms, rather than running the ball into hard 8 boxes.”
The difference between the role Bush has played in those two offenses is significant: In Bush’s two seasons in Miami he averaged 222 carries and 39 catches a season. In Bush’s five seasons in New Orleans he averaged 105 carries and 59 catches a season. Bush has proven in the last two seasons that he can be the primary every-down back in an NFL offense. But he proved before that that he can be a significant threat even when he’s not carrying the ball 200 times a season. And that may be the Reggie Bush we see in Detroit in 2013.
Keep in mind that Mikel Leshoure is a very capable goal line back, so he will likely vulture some red zone touches, limiting Bush's upside. Bush should be especially good in PPR formats as the Lions tend to throw the ball a ton. The Lions aren't stacked at RB like the Saints were, so Bush should see more than 105 carries in 2013 provided he can stay healthy.
Lions ink Reggie Bush to four-year deal
Wednesday, March 13, 2013, 2:14pm
Reggie Bush agreed to terms on a four-year deal with the Detroit Lions, the team has announced via its website. The former No. 2 overall pick spent the last two seasons with the Miami Dolphins trying to prove he can be a featured back and now he'll get the chance to take the bulk of the load with the Lions as well.
"Definitely where we are, he definitely would be the missing piece," Lions offensive guard Rob Sims said. "With our aerial attack and he can catch the ball the way we can out of the backfield and some of the other running game stuff we got in place, I think it's tailor-made for him."
Bush will reportedly be given the opportunity to earn "feature back" duties, which could mean big things for him in Detroit. Keep in mind that Mikel Leshoure is a very capable goal line back, so he may vulture some red zone touches, limiting Bush's upside. Bush should be especially good in PPR formats as the Lions tend to throw the ball a ton. At this point, Bush's departure leaves Lamar Miller the favorite to start for the Dolphins.
Wednesday, February 27, 2013, 9:52am
Who knows what happens with Bush at the end of the day, but plenty of NFL people at the combine believe the Lions will make Bush a primary target in free agency.
It might take $5 million or so a year to land the speedy running back, and Bush's desired destination isn't known. But the Lions' M.O. in recent years has been to try to surround Matthew Stafford with as much talent as possible (drafting Jahvid Best, Titus Young, Mikel Leshoure, Riley Reiff and Ryan Broyles, etc.), and that's not about to change.