Following the news out of the Lions’ offseason workouts makes it obvious that Stefan Logan won’t be an unchallenged incumbent as the team’s return man. Titus Young, Ryan Broyles and Patrick Edwards are all players that could contribute as return men. Add in the fact that kickoff return opportunities are less prevalent due to the new kickoff rules put into place and it becomes harder to justify a roster spot for a player like Stefan Logan who has limited, if any, offensive value. Coming off a less than dynamic 2011 season, Logan will have to prove in training camp that he gives the team a clear advantage over the other players with return ability. If not, the Lions can get more value out of the roster spot with someone else.
Hopes have been high for Jason Fox ever since the Lions too him in the fourth round of the 2010 draft. It was an opportunity that put Fox on track to take over for Jeff Backus but injuries have slowed his development and may cost him a roster spot. Riley Reiff is now the heir apparent to Backus and Fox has to show an ability to stay healthy if the Lions are to be able to count on him at all. Between Fox, Backus, Reiff, Gosder Cherilus and Corey Hilliard, the Lions find themselves with a crowded depth chart at tackle. All are capable of playing in the NFL but health is a prerequisite, that’s bad news for Jason Fox.