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It seems Lions’ fans got what they have been waiting 17 months for—which is how long it's been since Detroit took him in the second round of the 2011 draft. Leshoure is a legitimate, featured running back who opposing defenses will have to plan for.
Leshoure is a punishing runner with exceptional quickness and elusiveness. Rarely does Leshoure go down upon first contact, and you can bet that once he is brought down, he is falling forward for an extra yard or two.
Sunday afternoon, Leshoure ran for 100 yards on 26 carries—nearly four yards per rush attempt—and tacked on four catches for 34 yards. All of this production came in spite of being sidelined for much of the fourth quarter and overtime for no particular reason other than perhaps the Lions brass not wanting to overwork him in his NFL debut.
Detroit has a lot to look forward to with Leshoure, assuming he stays healthy and out of trouble off the field.