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Lions sign former Jaguars RB Montell Owens

By Josh Katzowitz | NFL Writer

Montell Owens has a new job in Detroit. (USATSI)
Montell Owens has a new job in Detroit. (USATSI)

The Lions on Thursday signed two-time Pro Bowler Montell Owens, according to the team website. Though Owens isn't a household name and likely won't battle Reggie Bush and Mikel Leshoure for a starting job, the move could be a good one for Detroit.

That's because Owens is a strong special teams player (as his Pro Bowl selections attest) and he'll add depth to the running back spot. He's coming off his most productive season as a running back; he started four games for the Jaguars in place of Maurice Jones-Drew and rushed for 209 yards and a touchdown in 42 carries (a 5.0 average).

Still, the team released him in the offseason.

Earlier this month, Owens visited the Bills for a possible job. As new Buffalo coach Doug Marrone said, “[He's] a veteran player that has been in this league and has seven years experience. [He] adds depth at the running back position and [can] really be a core special teams [player].”

As the Lions' team website points out, Owens is reunited with Detroit special teams coach John Bonamego, who was with the Jaguars last season.

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