Mikel Leshoure Fantasy News
Tuesday, July 29, 2014, 11:02am
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.
Monday, June 16, 2014, 1:41pm
Lions RBs Reggie Bush and Joique Bell aren’t going anywhere. Theo Riddick was one of the stars of the spring and looks like he’ll end up having a role in the offense beyond special teams this season. Mikel Leshoure missed part of spring workouts, so it is tough to say where his role will be this season, if he has one. But Detroit has its first three running backs pretty set right now unless it makes a free-agent move at the position.
"He's hard to guard one-on-one, so that is going to be good for us to have another piece of the puzzle," Reggie Bush said this weekend of Theo Riddick's role in the Lions' new offense, per Paula Pasche of The Oakland Press. "He has a natural given ability to be able to make people miss in space," Bush said. "... He's far more advanced now compared to where I was as a rookie. I wasn't as good of a natural runner, it took me a couple years to get to that point and he already kinda has that. So, I'm sure you'll see him used a lot in the passing game this year and the running game." While he won't usurp Bush's role, if the veteran gets injured during the course of the year, Riddick should get the opportunity to fill those shoes.
We like Joique Bell as a middle round value, but in the last week we've heard reports that both Mikel Leshoure and Theo Riddick are set for bigger roles in 2014, which would lead to fewer touches for Bell and Bush. However, the Saints (where new OC Joe Lombardi cut his teeth) generally used three RBs in a rotation, so it's hard to see Riddick on the field with a healthy Bush on the sideline.
"I can't tell you (what my role will be) during OTAs, but it looks like I'll be involved a little more than last year so far," Lions RB Mikel Leshoure told MLive this week. "As far as the role, I don't know. That could change weekly. But I think I'll be more involved." If Leshoure can outshine second-year runner Theo Riddick, he's a solid candidate to see a role similar to what Chris Ivory played before his trade to the New York Jets. If that doesn't happen, Leshoure's time in Detroit is likely up.
We currently project Leshoure to carry the ball 31 times for 142 yards.
To expect Cowboys RB Lance Dunbar to exceed 50 catches might be a stretch. He caught only seven passes for 59 yards last season. There will only be so many passes to go around with Dez Bryant, Terrance Williams, Witten, Gavin Escobar and DeMarco Murray, who caught 53 passes for 353 yards last season. But Dunbar will have a role.
"Passing game coordinator" Scott Linehan utilized Joique Bell extensively the last two seasons in Detroit. Bell saw 132 touches in 2012 and 219 touches in 2013 as the complementary back to Mikel Leshoure (2012) and Reggie Bush (2013). Dunbar's role is expected to grow, though DeMarco Murray is more of an all-around back than either Leshoure or Bush are.
Monday, May 26, 2014, 12:14pm
Lions general manager Martin Mayhew was asked about the possibility of trading running back Mikel Leshoure back in March at the Annual NFL Meetings. “I haven’t had an interest in trading Mikel,” Mayhew told beat writers over lunch. “I want to see him come in and perform and be the player he can be.” Mayhew obviously wants to see Leshoure succeed here in Detroit and saw a a possible role for him back in March with the new offense being implemented. Offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi has come over from New Orleans and taken a lot of elements from that offense with him. One of things that sticks out about the Saints offense is the way they rotate running backs and have multiple backs with different roles. Four running backs had at least 53 carries in the Saints offense last year. “Guys that make plays will get carries,” Mayhew said. “You can go back to New Orleans’ offense, which is what encouraged me about Joe (Lombardi). Pierre Thomas had a role. (Darren) Sproles had a role. Mark Ingram had a role. At one point Chris Ivory had a role when he was down there with them. They found a way to utilize guys who could make plays.”
The implication here is that Leshoure could work his way into a Saints-like RBBC. If he does, it would put a dent in the fantasy stock of Reggie Bush and Joique Bell.
Friday, April 25, 2014, 11:40am
Detroit Lions tailback Mikel Leshoure practiced the first day of minicamp, but was absent from the final two workouts. Coach Jim Caldwell clarified Leshoure is not injured, but rather was excused because of an off-field matter. "He did have a personal issue, let's put it that way," Caldwell said after the Lions wrapped up camp Thursday afternoon. "We knew he was gone and what was happening. We were well aware of it."
With new coach Jim Caldwell, and especially offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi, there may be a more pronounced emphasis on the Lions' run game and perhaps roles for more than two backs. Caldwell has had successful run offenses in Indianapolis and Baltimore, as did Lombardi in New Orleans. “If you go back and look at what the Saints did, they used multiple backs in a lot of different ways,” Mayhew said. “I’m encouraged about that for [Mikel Leshoure]. It could bode well for him in terms of getting more playing time and having a more specific, defined role in our offense.
Reggie Bush owners should be concerned. It sounds as if Lombardi wants to run a Saints-like committee in Detroit and that's going to cut into Bush's workload. Joique Bell is expected to return, one way or another.
As much as anyone, Mikel Leshoure’s future with the Lions is tied to the current regime and whether it returns for a sixth season in Detroit. If Jim Schwartz, Scott Linehan and Co. are back, chances are Leshoure won’t be. He has wasted away on the bench this year and doesn’t fit Linehan’s vision for a running back in his offense. If wholesale changes are made, Leshoure could find himself back in the Lions’ good graces again. “I just want to be somewhere they’re going to feed me the rock and I can go eat, man,” Leshoure said. “That’s it. They could be the worst team in the NFL.... Just give me the rock. I feel like I just need the ball. Even here, we don’t really run the ball here.”
Leshoure has a career 3.7 YPC, so it's doubtful that teams will be lining up to offer Leshoure a feature back role. He should be able to find a job as a primary backup, however.
Lions Inactives Rodney Austin G Leroy Harris C Chris Houston CB Mikel Leshoure RB Rashean Mathis CB Kellen Moore QB Brandon Pettigrew TE
Calvin Johnson is officially active and is safe to start. TE Joseph Fauria will see more snaps with Pettigrew out.
Omar Brown DB
Ryan Jensen C
Bernard Scott RB
John Simon LB
Deonte Thompson WR
Brynden Trawick DB
Brandon Williams DT
Leroy Harris C
Chris Houston CB
Mikel Leshoure RB
Kellen Moore QB
Darius Slay CB
Reggie Bush (calf) is good to go for Monday Night Football and per Adam Schefter reported that Bush is expected to get his usual amount of work this week. Due to workload/injury concerns heading into Sunday, Bush was our #20 RB in standard formats. If he plays a full game, he should produce solid RB2 numbers (at a minimum). On the defensive side of the ball, the Lions are down their two starting corners, Houston and Slay, so the table is set for Joe Flacco and the Baltimore receivers.
Saturday, December 14, 2013, 12:36pm
Mikel Leshoure is a forgotten man on the Detroit Lions roster. One season after leading the team in rushing attempts, yards and touchdowns, Leshoure's role vanished when the Lions signed Reggie Bush in the offseason and Joique Bell leaped over him on depth chart with a strong training camp and preseason. Leshoure has been active just three games this season and tallied a measly two snaps with the offense.
As the story points out, he was routinely referenced in trade rumors before the deadline, but the Lions ultimately felt he was more valuable as insurance in case Bell suffered an injury. He's just 23, and while the Lions say he has a bright future, he'll probably have to go somewhere else to prove that.
Thursday, November 28, 2013, 11:11am
Lions Inactives Rodney Austin G Leroy Harris C Corey Hilliard T Chris Houston CB Mikel Leshoure RB Kellen Moore QB Micheal Spurlock WR
Calvin Johnson is active as expected.
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.
Bell tried to stay on for another play but came out and felt it pop again and shut it down. He was in pain after the game but said it was "tolerable." Little-used Theo Riddick is next up on the depth chart, ahead of Mikel LeShoure actually.
Reggie Bush got hopeful results from an MRI on his banged-up left knee, allowing the Detroit Lions to breathe a sigh of relief. "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." If Detroit doesn't have Bush in the lineup, it will likely start Joique Bell and make 2011 second-round pick Mikel Leshoure active for the first time this season.
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.
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