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Mikel Leshoure excited to have a chance to play

Mikel Leshoure AP

Lions running back Reggie Bush said last week that the offense being installed by new coordinator Joe Lombardi is “exactly” like the one that the Saints ran before and after Bush was in New Orleans.

That makes sense given Lombardi came to Detroit from the Saints and it also makes things a bit more interesting for Bush’s fellow running back Mikel Leshoure. The Saints have made heavy use of multiple backs since Sean Payton took over as head coach, leaving Leshoure feeling excited about his prospects of earning playing time this season after spending almost all of last year on the bench.

Leshoure said the offense is “hitting home” for him and that he and Theo Riddick are doing everything they can to impress Lombardi while Joique Bell recovers from a knee injury.

“I’m taking full advantage of it,” Leshoure said, via the team’s website. “Right now coach is giving me the opportunity to get more carries. Theo is getting a few more reps, too, and we’re here to take full advantage of it. We weren’t out there a lot last year, so to get our opportunities, whether it’s OTAs or minicamp, training camp or whatever it is, you have to take advantage of it.”

Leshoure is entering the final year of the rookie deal he signed after the Lions traded up to draft him in the second round of the 2011 draft, a move that has not borne much fruit to this point. Leshoure can still finish strong, though, and doing so would breathe new life in a career that wasn’t going anywhere under the previous regime.

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7 Responses to “Mikel Leshoure excited to have a chance to play”
  1. staffordcalvinbush says: May 25, 2014 11:41 AM

    Remember when the rumors that the Lions were going to trade a 2nd round pick and Mikel Leshoure for Josh Gordon?

    I wish those rumors were true, even if it meant Josh Gordon was suspended for a year.

  2. barsfordays says: May 25, 2014 11:47 AM

    Dude is slow and predictable. 3rd stringer

  3. thestrategyexpert says: May 25, 2014 12:10 PM

    Me too, this is my favorite RB on the Lions lately. He represents the team’s best chance to unearth a possible gem. Bush and Bell have several drawbacks and the Lions need to find some potent RB weapons for the future and we have no idea what Leshoure can do.

    It is time to find out!

  4. nflfollower says: May 25, 2014 1:59 PM

    Not much to see here. Unusual to have an article about a 3rd string RB getting reps in OTAs. Slow news cycle I guess.

  5. liontuss says: May 25, 2014 2:24 PM

    Shucks. The headline led me to believe we traded him. Oh well.

  6. darinindetroit says: May 26, 2014 12:35 PM

    I have to admit, it’ll be nice to see what Leshoure can do. Last time we really saw him, he was still recovering from the achilles. Can’t hurt to keep backs fresh, and Detroit’s got 4 good ones in Bush, Bell, Leshoure, and Riddick. Excited!

  7. 34defense2014 says: May 26, 2014 8:13 PM

    In not a Detroit fan. Why would you want to trade Him? He’s a good solid Back!! Hey, want to swap for Chris Johnson?

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