Joique Bell, RB, Lions
|RB - #18||77.45||DET||Probable||5 years||27||5'11||220||@JoiqueBell|
2014 Outlook: Solid/Safe PickLast updated on Jun-28-2014 by Mark Morales-Smith
Bell's strong play earned him substantial playing time and forced a two-back system in Detroit. Expect to see more carries (166 last year) and perhaps see the same number of receptions (53). He will split time with Reggie Bush. If Bush were to get injured (which would not be all that shocking), Bell could become a very capable RB1. The former Wayne State back has value in all formats, especially PPR. Bell is likely the league's best handcuff option for fantasy owners. He is also good enough to stick in the starting lineup every week.
Lions running back Mikel Leshoure didn't get much of a chance last season. He got two carries in three games. Otherwise, he was a healthy scratch. Even with Reggie Bush, Joique Bell, and Theo Riddick in front of him, the former second-round pick is trying to stay positive now that a new coaching staff is in Detroit.
"They give everyone a fresh start," Leshoure said. "I feel like that's what I needed. It's fair game now, and I can just go out there and compete.
"I just got to prove I can be available for this team, and just be able to help. Bein' there, and when my number's called, bein' ready."
But Leshoure must prove that he can be useful at a significantly higher weight than what he checked into the league at just two years ago. When he was drafted, Leshoure was 227 pounds. This year, he entered camp at he 242.
That's a big gain for a guy who already looked slow on the field. Leshoure says it is muscle, but the photo of him in the linked article below isn't a flattering one. He looks plump.
Even without pass-fixated offensive coordinator Scott Linehan, the Lions profile to still be a throw-first team. Leshoure has seemingly never fit into this offense's ideology or how fast it wants to play. It would be best for his NFL future to get released and find somewhere else to play. He has been a tremendous bust.
FFToolbox NFL News & Rumors7/29 - Lions RB Mikel Leshoure up to 242 pounds
7/9 - Lions RB Joique Bell cleared to run at full speed, feels 100 percent
7/9 - Lions teammate calls RB Theo Riddick a future Pro Bowler
7/8 - Lions RB Theo Riddick draws Darren Sproles comparison
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2013 Mock Draft Results
2013 FFToolbox Staff Mock Draft #1
June 18th, 2013
|13.12||FFToolbox - Ian Ritchie|
2013 FFToolbox Expert Mock Draft #2
July 2nd 2013
|14.09||Zach Law on Sports|
2013 FFToolbox Expert Mock Draft #1
June 25th, 2013
|13.06||DynastyLeague Football - I think Bell, not Leshoure, is the compliment to Reggie Bush in Detroit and if Bush goes down it will be Bell sees his value increase more than anyone.|
2013 FFToolbox Expert Mock Draft #3
July 9th, 2013
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