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Training camp and preseason were not awesome to Mikel Leshoure.
With Reggie Bush coming to town, a lot of people expected Leshoure to take over as the heavy-lifting No. 2 back.
Instead, two things happened.
First, Joique Bell had a heck of a preseason with 15 carries for 103 yards as well as seven catches for another 91.
Bell just looked like a multidimensional threat who could run the ball, catch it and also protect Matt Stafford.
Leshoure's 20 carries for 83 yards were good, but not that good, and while he had a serviceable receiving three catches for 15 yards, he won't scare anyone like Bell will.
The second issue was how Leshoure runs.
As Tim Twentyman of DetroitLions.com puts it, he's just not the same player he was pre-injury. The Lions seemed willing to wait a while, but after last season they took steps to protect themselves by grabbing Bush in free agency and giving Bell a chance to shine.
They've had plenty of misses on running backs they drafted—Leshoure may end up being another.