Mikel Leshoure Fantasy News
Lions could replicate Saints' RBBC
Saturday, February 22, 2014, 12:30pm
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.
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Mikel Leshoure: "Just give me the rock."
Friday, December 27, 2013, 11:17am
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.
Calvin Johnson ACTIVE for Lions
Sunday, December 22, 2013, 2:36pm
MNF Inactives: Reggie Bush ACTIVE
Monday, December 16, 2013, 7:21pm
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
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
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.
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...