Mikel Leshoure | RB | Detroit Lions
Posted: 9/15/2013 5:18pm et
Detroit Lions RB Mikel Leshoure has accepted the backup role with the team, but is open to being traded to a team that would rely on him as more than a backup running back.
Huddle Up: If he played better he might have a bigger role. Right now Joique Bell is simply the better running back.
Posted: 8/7/2013 9:25am et
Detroit Lions RB Mikel Leshoure said Tuesday, Aug. 6, that he didn't have burst, but it had nothing to do with his Achilles' injury from 2011. He suffered a hamstring injury toward the end of the Week 3 game last year, and it lingered with him all season. He is confident his legs are back, and he is out to prove why the team invested a second-round pick on him back in 2011. "I feel lighter and feel a little more of a burst," Leshoure said. "I don't know if that's from the weight (he's dropped five pounds and is currently at 229 points) or the fact it's a year under my belt and I have my legs back."
Huddle Up: If Leshoure and Reggie Bush can both stay healthy the Lions will have a formidable backfield tandem. Then the question becomes, how many backfield touches will there be on such a pass-heavy team? Even if Leshoure does get his burst back, Bush's presence and the Lions' pass-heavy game plan limit his fantasy potential.
Posted: 6/7/2013 12:35am et
Detroit Lions RB Mikel Leshoure (hamstring) was able to have limited participation during organized team activities Monday, June 4. He said he is trying to manage his lingering hamstring injury in hopes of being 100 percent once training camp begins.
Huddle Up: Heading into his 3rd pro season, the 2011 2nd-round pick has yet to play a full season's worth of games. Reggie Bush is now the top RB dog in Detroit, and if Leshoure continues to battle the injury bug, Joique Bell could edge ahead on the depth chart.
Posted: 5/29/2013 5:36pm et
Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz said he does not think RB Mikel Leshoure is dealing with a long-term injury. Schwartz said the team is taking a cautious approach with Leshoure because they do not want him to rush him back.
Huddle Up: Leshoure is sidelined with a hamstring injury, and since he's had such a difficult time staying on the field it's a valid question as to how much the Lions can trust him. Right now he's slated to be the inside guy in Detroit's RBBC, but if Leshoure continues to be bitten by the injury bug Reggie Bush's fantasy value will climb.
Posted: 12/20/2012 11:09pm et
Detroit Lions RB Mikel Leshoure (calf) was limited in practice Thursday, Dec. 20.
Huddle Up: It was the second straight limited practice for Leshoure, who has rushed for a score in 4 of the past 5 games.
Posted: 12/18/2012 2:21pm et
Detroit Lions RB Mikel Leshoure has scored eight touchdowns on 185 carries, but he has by far the most rushes of any NFL runner without a single carry of at least 20 yards.
Huddle Up: The lack of big plays aside, Leshoure has been a dependable No. 2 back with an average of 11.24 fantasy points per game (Huddle Performance scoring).
Posted: 12/11/2012 11:40pm et
Detroit Lions RBs Mikel Leshoure and Joique Bell split the running load pretty evenly in their Week 14 game against the Green Bay Packers. Leshoure had 14 carries, and Bell carried the ball 12 times. However, Bell played more snaps (43) than Leshoure (31). Both runners were equally effective; Leshoure had effective runs on seven of his 14 tries, and Bell was efficient on six of his 12 carries, with an efficient run being a carry for four or more yards on first down, half the remaining distance on second down or picking up a first down on third or fourth down. Bell had 19 yards after contact and Leshoure gained 14. Leshoure showed he continues to be indecisive in the backfield, which hurts his momentum as he hits holes. Bell is running with more authority and is more of the total package, but his lack of top-end speed and strength makes him more of a complementary back.
Huddle Up: While Leshoure has racked up 7 TDs to Bell's 3, the Lions remain a pass-first team and that's where Bell has the big advantage with 39 catches to Leshoure's 26, including an 8-2 edge over the past 2 weeks. In all, Bell's 39 catches rank ninth among all NFL backs.