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New York Giants Rumors: Is trading for Mikel LeShoure an option?

Mikel LeShoure

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We’re only two weeks into the 2013 NFL season and the New York Giants are already desperate for help in the rushing department. That’s why trading for a player like Mikel LeShoure makes some sense.

David Wilson can’t hold on to the ball, Brandon Jacobs is washed up and Andre Brown is shelved. Although bringing in LeShoure certainly wouldn’t be a solve-all for the Giants, he could replace the physical presence in the ground game that was lost when Brown broke his leg.

Last season as the Detroit Lions’ starter, LeShoure racked up 798 rushing yards and nine touchdowns while averaging 3.7 yards per carry. He also caught 34 passes for 214 yards. Although he offered decent production during his sophomore season (missed his rookie year due to a torn Achilles), LeShoure brings no big-play ability to the offense – his biggest play of the 2012 season went only 16 yards.

This offseason, the Lions replaced LeShoure with Reggie Bush as their lead back. The emergence of Joique Bell as the top backup forced him even further down the depth chart, and he’s become so irrelevant that the Lions made him a healthy scratch in Week 2. His current standing as the No. 3 running back in Detroit has forced LeShoure to publicize his desire for a trade.

At this point, the Lions might just be looking to get some sort of value in return for the 2011 second-round pick. They appear to have no use for him on the roster, while the Giants could use a power back to compliment Wilson and third-down back Da’Rel Scott.

If the price is right, the Lions shouldn’t have any problem parting ways with LeShoure. Seeing how little the Lions value him, the Giants might be able to add a short-yardage back for a late-round pick.

Keep an eye out for a LeShoure trade in the not-so-distant future.

Gil Alcaraz IV is the Content Planner for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @GilAlcarazIV, like him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.