by Jason Butt
May 25, 02014
When Reggie Bush came to the Lions a year ago, Mikel Leshoure became the odd man out in the rotation, despite having an OK 2012 season statistically.
But with new coach Jim Caldwell bringing on offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi, the Lions' offense could utlize more of the running backs on the roster, much like Lombardi did with the Saints. Lombardi has always liked to keep his backs fresh by rotating them, which could mean more reps for either Leshoure of Theo Riddick.
Leshoure, though, admitted to the Lions' official website that he felt underappreciated by the old coaching staff, and that only general manager Martin Mayhew was behind him.
"[T]o hear he wants me to stick around and he has a role for me, it feels good to hear that, because at one point last year, I didn’t know what was going on, if I would be here or if I would play or what," Leshoure said.
Two seasons ago, Leshoure carried the ball 215 times for 798 yards and nine touchdowns. Last year he was an afterthought, appearing in three games and receiving two carries for nine yards.
This year, under a new coaching staff, Leshoure could have a bigger opportunity to contribute.
“I’m taking full advantage of it,” Leshoure said. “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."
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