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Mikel Leshoure | Running Back

Team: Detroit Lions
Age / DOB:  (24) / 3/30/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 233
College: Illinois
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Lions GM Martin Mayhew has "zero interest" in trading Mikel Leshoure.
Mayhew says he's had "no trade talks of any kind," and expects Leshoure to be a Lion in 2014. The Lions are supposedly committing to the running game, but at best, Leshoure will be a distant third on the depth chart behind Reggie Bush and Joique Bell. Leshoure shouldn't take his spot on the 53-man roster for granted. Mar 24 - 1:41 PM

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Lions GM Martin Mayhew said at the Combine Friday that Mikel Leshoure will have a clean slate coming into 2014.

A 2011 second-round pick, Leshoure was active for three games last season, playing behind Theo Riddick as the No. 4 back. The Lions are expected to put more of an emphasis on the running game under new coach Jim Caldwell, which could lead to roles for more than just Reggie Bush and Joique Bell. "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. It could bode well for him in terms of getting more playing time."
Feb 21 - 5:16 PM

Mikel Leshoure said he wants to be "somewhere they’re going to feed me the rock and I can go eat, man."

Leshoure has found himself on the weekly inactive list for much of the 2013 season and doesn't fit OC Scott Linehan's offensive style. Leshoure strongly suggested that he doesn't want to return to Detroit if the current coaching staff is back in 2014. We don't see Jim Schwartz and company surviving, but who knows. Leshoure, the 57th pick in 2011, has one year remaining on his rookie deal.
Fri, Dec 27, 2013 09:23:00 AM

Lions OC Scott Linehan says he believes Mikel Leshoure has a very bright future.

Leshoure has been banished to the bench this season, a year after leading the Lions in rushing. "He has a very bright future," Linehan said. "He just needs the opportunities." Those opportunities likely aren't going to come in Detroit unless there's an injury. Leshoure has been active for three games this season, registering two offensive snaps. He's just 23 years old.
Sat, Dec 14, 2013 10:50:00 AM

Mikel Leshoure said he feels "like I'm better than a reserve player and I have more to give."

"I just want to play," Leshoure said. "I want to play. Like I said before, there’s a lot of speculation just because of the fact that I’m not on the field and people just wondering what’s going on. But I want to play, and that’s it." With Reggie Bush (knee) inactive last week, Leshoure was a game day active but played zero snaps behind Joique Bell and Theo Riddick. Leshoure is reportedly "wide open" to being traded, but the Lions "quickly rebuffed" trade offers from the Colts last week and from other interested teams in training camp.
Wed, Sep 25, 2013 03:18:00 PM

Mikel Leshoure did not play a single snap in Sunday's Week 3 win over the Redskins.

Even with Reggie Bush (knee) sidelined, Leshoure can't get on the field. Sixth-round rookie Theo Riddick served as Joique Bell's backup. With Bush expected back for Week 4, Leshoure should be on the trading block. When the Lions realize no one wants him, he'll hang out on the weekly inactive list.
Mon, Sep 23, 2013 10:17:00 AM

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reports the Lions "quickly rebuffed" trade overtures from the Colts last week regarding Mikel Leshoure.

Leshoure has been a healthy scratch for each of Detroit's first three games. Colts GM Ryan Grigson reportedly also called the Vikings about Toby Gerhart before settling on sending a first-round pick to the Browns for Trent Richardson. It's interesting that the Lions were opposed to dealing Leshoure. Perhaps they'll change their minds when Reggie Bush's knee is back to 100 percent.
Source: CBS Sports
Sun, Sep 22, 2013 12:35:00 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Lions RB Mikel Leshoure is "wide open" to being traded.

Leshoure is the No. 3 back in Detroit and was a healthy scratch in last week's opener as a running back who doesn't play special teams. He also hasn't looked the same since tearing his Achilles' as a rookie. Leshoure ran for 798 yards and nine touchdowns in 2012. Colts owner Jim Irsay has expressed some interest in acquiring a running back following Vick Ballard's season-ending ACL tear. They're not comfortable with Donald Brown as the No. 2. That's pure dot connecting on our part, though.
Sun, Sep 15, 2013 10:54:00 AM

Lions declared RB Mikel Leshoure, WR Ryan Broyles, QB Kellen Moore, CB Jonte Green, OG Leroy Harris, OT LaAdrian Waddle, and DE Devin Taylor inactive for Week 1 against the Vikings.

A year after rushing for 798 yards and nine touchdowns, Leshoure is a healthy scratch. He's been behind Joique Bell for months now. It's good news for both Reggie Bush and Bell as Leshoure won't be around to vulture goal-line looks. Broyles is still not completely over his knee issues as he recovers from back-to-back ACL tears. Nate Burleson and Patrick Edwards will serve as the Lions' top two receivers behind Calvin Johnson. Ziggy Ansah (concussion) is active and starting.
Sun, Sep 8, 2013 11:41:00 AM

Mikel Leshoure declined to blame his 2011 Achilles' tear for his slide down the depth chart.

"I feel good," Leshoure said. "I feel like I'm back to where I need to be and nothing as far as my Achilles is the issue here. I don't put anything on that." Simply put, Joique Bell is the better player and has won the backup job by outplaying Leshoure. Credit the former second-round pick for not making any excuses. He'll need a Reggie Bush injury to even be part of a committee.
Wed, Aug 28, 2013 08:20:00 AM

Mikel Leshoure rushed for 32 yards on five carries in the Lions' third preseason game Thursday night.

He played behind Reggie Bush, Joique Bell, and even FB/RB Montell Owens, although Owens suffered a potentially severe knee injury. Leshoure is Detroit's third-string running back at best and may be inactive on game days to open the season because he doesn't contribute on special teams. Through three preseason games, Leshoure has 56 yards on 12 runs (4.67 YPC). Bell is averaging 6.50 YPC.
Thu, Aug 22, 2013 11:10:00 PM

Mikel Leshoure was given just one carry in Thursday's preseason game.

He played seven snaps. That would suggest an injury, but Leshoure wasn't known to be hurt. It's the latest sign that Leshoure is buried behind Joique Bell on the depth chart, and perhaps even rookie Theo Riddick. Leshoure has no fantasy upside.
Fri, Aug 16, 2013 10:16:00 AM

According to, Mikel Leshoure still hasn't rediscovered his pre-injury form.

In-house reporter Tim Twentyman gave the opinion after being asked for his thoughts on Joique Bell and Leshoure. He added that Bell "is solid." It's certainly an indication that Bell is in the running for the Lions' No. 2 job behind Reggie Bush, as team-payroll "beat writers" aren't paid to make waves. Twentyman is also one of the best reporters covering the Lions. Outside of touchdown-only leagues, Leshoure's upside is extremely minimal.
Wed, Jul 31, 2013 02:00:00 PM

Lions coach Jim Schwartz is looking for more week-to-week consistency from Mikel Leshoure.

"(You) can’t be up one week, down another regardless of circumstances and things like that," Schwartz said. "It’s something he’s been working through this offseason and that’s something he’s going to have to put behind him as a player." Leshoure's reps were "managed" during the offseason program as he fought through a hamstring issue, but he was a full participant in last week's minicamp. Dogged by injuries since being the No. 57 overall pick of the 2011 draft, Leshoure's 2013 will be all about proving he can stay healthy.
Mon, Jun 17, 2013 08:32:00 AM

Mikel Leshoure (hamstring) took part in team drills at Tuesday's minicamp session.

Leshoure doesn't expect to be full-go before for camp, but this is a positive sign for his recovery. Leshoure is doubtful to take part in team drills for all three days of minicamp.
Tue, Jun 11, 2013 02:23:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Matthew Stafford
2Dan Orlovsky
3Kellen Moore
RB1Reggie Bush
2Joique Bell
3Theo Riddick
4Mikel Leshoure
5Steven Miller
GLB1Reggie Bush
2Joique Bell
3RB1Reggie Bush
2Joique Bell
FB1Jed Collins
2Montell Owens
WR11Calvin Johnson
2Kevin Ogletree
3Pat Edwards
4Jeremy Ross
WR21Golden Tate
2Kris Durham
3Ryan Broyles
4Corey Fuller
5Cody Wilson
WR31Kris Durham
TE1Brandon Pettigrew
2Joseph Fauria
3Michael Williams
4Dorin Dickerson
5Matt Veldman
K1Giorgio Tavecchio
2John Potter