Lions running back Mikel Leshoure didn't get much of a chance last season. He got two carries in three games. Otherwise, he was a healthy scratch. Even with Reggie Bush , Joique Bell , and Theo Riddick in front of him, the former second-round pick is trying to stay positive now that a new coaching staff is in Detroit.
"They give everyone a fresh start," Leshoure said. "I feel like that's what I needed. It's fair game now, and I can just go out there and compete.
"I just got to prove I can be available for this team, and just be able to help. Bein' there, and when my number's called, bein' ready."
But Leshoure must prove that he can be useful at a significantly higher weight than what he checked into the league at just two years ago. When he was drafted, Leshoure was 227 pounds. This year, he entered camp at he 242.
That's a big gain for a guy who already looked slow on the field. Leshoure says it is muscle, but the photo of him in the linked article below isn't a flattering one. He looks plump.
Even without pass-fixated offensive coordinator Scott Linehan, the Lions profile to still be a throw-first team. Leshoure has seemingly never fit into this offense's ideology or how fast it wants to play. It would be best for his NFL future to get released and find somewhere else to play. He has been a tremendous bust.