Lions' Dwayne Washington: Remains kick returner in Detroit
Head coach Jim Caldwell said Washington could still remain the team's primary kick returner despite his miscue in the season opener, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports. "Don't expect not to see him back there again," Caldwell said earlier this week. "That's what I would like to say to you. He's a young guy, he'll learn and he'll adjust, and many times experience can be a little painful at times, but it does teach great lessons."
Washington got a little too excited last weekend when he bullishly returned a kickoff he caught six yards deep into the end zone despite his lead blocker clearly flashing the signal to take a knee. After that blunder -- which set up the Lions with poor field position -- Caldwell instantly swapped out Washington for Jamal Agnew, a rookie fifth-round cornerback who's already tasked with return duties on punts. Caldwell said he isn't ready to throw in the towel on Washington at that spot quite yet, though, as the second-year tailback is doing his part to fix his mistakes. However, Caldwell stopped short of declaring Washington the undisputed kick returner moving forward by instead mentioning the possibility the team could rotate kick returners "depending upon the situation."
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