Leshoure studied teammates prior to report day

Posted Aug 1, 2011

Rookie running back Mikel Leshoure did his homework before arriving at Detroit Lions training camp in Allen Park.

"I watched highlight films from each player in here, so I know what everybody can do," he said.

"It’s exciting to know that we’ve got an explosive offense and we can get a big play when we want to as long as we come together and establish a team and get going offensively."

Leshoure says players like Calvin Johnson, Matthew Stafford and Jahvid Best were already familiar to him.

"You watch them if you watch football, so it’s like a human highlight reel," he said.

But he also studied up on fellow rookie Titus Young, who the Lions drafted earlier in the second round.

"I know all those guys and what they’re capable of doing," said Leshoure.

At 6-0, 227 pounds, Leshoure stands out on the practice field as a bruising tailback.

It is tempting to envision the tandem of he and the 5-10, 199-pound Best, who is considered around the League to be a "home-run hitter." Best became the first rookie in the NFL to score five touchdowns in his first two career games since Billy Sims, finishing the season with 555 rushing yards and 58 receptions.

Even though Leshoure is looked upon as the perfect compliment to Best, he has to first concentrate on getting the playbook down pat.

“Right now, my role is to learn this playbook, get in shape, get right and just be ready to roll when my number’s called,” he said.