As last season wound down, Lions running back Mikel Leshoure said he wanted to play for a team willing to feed him the rock in the ground game after getting two carries in the entire 2013 season.
It doesn’t appear that Detroit will be that place. Leshoure is third on the depth chart, at best, with Reggie Bush and Joique Bell looking set as the two running backs that will see the bulk of the work in the coming season. With Theo Riddick also on hand, Leshoure will have some work to do to grab that third spot. He didn’t do much of it at minicamp this week, though, as he missed the final two days with what coach Jim Caldwell called a “personal issue.”
“He did have a personal issue, let’s put it that way,” Caldwell said, via MLive.com. “We knew he was gone and what was happening. We were well aware of it.”
The minicamp was voluntary and his absence doesn’t seem like a problem outside of a missed opportunity to make the team reconsider his standing on the depth chart. With General Manager Martin Mayhew saying the team has no intention of parting ways with Leshoure, making the most of future chances will be the best way for him to avoid being hungry once the season rolls around.