It is a good thing the Detroit Lions have a number of internal options to handle kick and punt return duties in 2013 because Josh Cribbs is no longer an option. The Lions were reportedly one of four finalists to lands his services but one of the other three has won out. Jason La Canfora was the first to report the news on twitter:
Return ace Josh Cribbs has agreed to terms with the Raiders after visiting several teams
— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) May 15, 2013
Cribbs has expressed a strong desire to contribute as a wide receiver in recent years, making the Lions seem like a good option considering their pass-happy offense and need for someone to play opposite Calvin Johnson on the outside. Perhaps the Raiders promised more of a role on offense than the Lions were willing to offer.
Steven Miller generated some buzz coming out of last weekend’s rookie minicamp as he fights to make the team as an undrafted free agent as a return specialist. He will face a training camp battle with the likes of Joique Bell, Patrick Edwards, Mike Thomas, Darius Slay and Devin Thomas.