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Lions might use Reggie Bush as return man

By Larry Hartstein |

Terrible in the return game, the Lions might turn to Reggie Bush. (USATSI)

The Lions expect a lot from Reggie Bush as a runner and receiver. They gave him $16 million over four years, including a $4 million signing bonus.

Do they want to risk those plans by having him return punts and kicks?


He can change field position,” coach Jim Schwartz told the Detroit Free Press, answering “yes” when asked if Bush might returns punts or kicks.

“(How we use him will) shake out over the course of off-season and training camp and preseason games, but he's certainly a guy that you want touching the football, and any way we can get him touching the football is going to be good for the Lions.”

The Lions ranked 31st in kickoff return average (20 yards) and 22nd in punt return average (8.6) last season while tying for the league lead with six muffed punts. Returner Stefan Logan is not expected back, according to the Free Press. Detroit benched him after he inexplicably downed a free kick at his own 4-yard line in a Week 16 loss to the Falcons.

While Bush returned four punts for touchdowns with the Saints, his career punt-return average is only 7.9 yards.

The paper mentions Mike Thomas, Joique Bell, Ryan Broyles, Nate Burleson and Terrence Austin as other possible returners.

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