Don’t discard running back Mikel Leshoure just yet. The Lions certainly aren’t. General manager Martin Mayhew said Friday at the NFL scouting combine a new coaching staff and a new offensive system means Leshoure will have a clean slate coming into 2014.

“I think he’s obviously a very talented guy,” Mayhew said. “He did not get a lot of opportunities last year. Our system last year was really a two-back system. If Joique (Bell) and Reggie (Bush) were healthy, they were going to get the bulk of the carries … (Leshoure) couldn’t break into the top two.”

Leshoure, the team’s second-round pick in 2011, was active for three games last season, playing behind Bush, Bell and rookie Theo Riddick, who had a role on special teams. Leshoure had two carries the entire season.

But with new coach Jim Caldwell, and especially offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi, there may be a more pronounced emphasis on the run game and perhaps roles for more than two backs. Caldwell has had successful run offenses in Indianapolis and Baltimore, as did Lombardi in New Orleans.

“If you go back and look at what the Saints did, they used multiple backs in a lot of different ways,” Mayhew said. “I’m encouraged about that for Mikel. It could bode well for him in terms of getting more playing time and having a more specific, defined role in our offense.

“I’m encouraged by that for him and look forward to seeing him when he gets back.”

At the end of last season, a frustrated Leshoure had said he would prefer to be traded to a team with a more run-based attack.