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Jim Schwartz Believes Mikel Leshoure Can Pick Up 'Tough Yardage' For Lions

The Detroit Lions' offense was quite good in 2011, but one area where it struggled was in short-yardage situations. The Lions hoped to improve in that area by adding a guy like Keiland Williams, but he didn't change much. There were still several third-and-one situations where the Lions made you scratch your head, and Jim Schwartz is hoping that will change in 2012 with the addition of Mikel Leshoure (after his suspension, of course).

Not only does Schwartz think Leshoure will be a big help in short-yardage situations, but he also believes Leshoure will bring a lot to the table when it comes to gaining "tough yardage" in general.

"Leshoure definitely has that in him," coach Jim Schwartz said. "No matter how we do it, running the football, throwing the football, short yardage, first-and-10, we need to have the ability to pick up tough yardage, and I think that's something that Mikel can do for us."

Between Leshoure, Jahvid Best and Kevin Smith, the Lions have a pretty good stable of running backs. The key, of course, is for them to stay healthy, as all three players have had injury issues in the past.

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