Could Reggie Bush Return Punts for the Detroit Lions?

One of the Detroit Lions’ free agents that they haven’t pursued an apparent replacement for is Stefan Logan. That isn’t surprising considering they have had bigger fish to fry in free agency and it is entirely possible they fully intended to let an internal candidate fill the role. However, yesterday’s signing of Reggie Bush adds another in-house candidate to the mix, at least as a possible punt returner.

Sept 9, 2012; Houston, TX, USA; Miami Dolphins running back Reggie Bush (22) rushes against Houston Texans defensive back Quintin Demps (27) during the second half at Reliant Stadium. The Texans won 30-10. Mandatory Credit: Thomas Campbell-USA TODAY Sports

Bush has just one career kickoff return but he returned has returned 98 punts, although none since 2011. His first NFL touchdown came on a punt return as a rookie in 2006 and he returned three more for scores during the 2008 season. In January 2010, Bush’s 83-yard punt return for a touchdown was the final score in the Saints’ 45-14 Divisional round blowout of the Arizona Cardinals on their way to a Super Bowl championship.

He’s clearly capable, but is it a realistic to expect Bush to be the Lions primary punt returner in 2013? That’s tough to say without comment from the coaching staff but there isn’t any reason at this point in time to immediately dismiss the possibility. Bush joined Valenti and Foster on 97.1 the Ticket this afternoon and while he said that returning punts was not something he has discussed with the coaching staff, he did indicate a willingness to do so.

But the reasons to suggest Bush could be an option go beyond his willingness. John Bonamego, the Lions new special teams coach, was the special teams coach in New Orleans during Bush’s first two years as a pro. With player and coach reunited, it’s something to think about.

Topics: Detroit Lions, Reggie Bush

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