|Offense||6th||112.0 (18th)||280.1 (5th)|
|Defense||16th||99.8 (5th)||246.9 (23rd)|
|2||40||Kyle Van Noy||OLB||BYU|
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"I think Mikel has a chance to be a big part of what we do," running backs coach Curtis Modkins said. "As a matter of fact, I'm anticipating him being a big part of what we do and a big role in our success."
While it would seem tough for Leshoure to get consistent work this year, the new offensive system in Detroit could help. Offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi developed his scheme while in New Orleans the past seven years, and New Orleans is known for using a fleet of tailbacks.
Four had at least 53 carries last year, compared to just two for Detroit. Given that context, Modkins' prediction doesn't seem so far-fetched.
Still, since he is behind Bush, Bell and Riddick, don't count on Leshoure to do much in 2014.
"Just a little soreness in my shoulder and I’m just doing what the doctors tell me to do and I’m trying to get better as fast as I can,” Tate said in June. “As a competitor it sucks to be on the sideline watching guys, especially when I want to be out there trying to fine-tune this offense."
Tate is eligible to come off the PUP list at any time.
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