December 30, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers wide receiver Micheal Spurlock (87) returns the opening kickoff for a touchdown during the first quarter against the Oakland Raiders at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Detroit Lions May Have Found Their Kick Returner


One of the biggest unsettled questions for the Detroit Lions throughout this offseason has been who they will tab as their return man. Stefan Logan is not expected to return, leaving the Lions with a host of internal candidates to fill the role such as Joique Bell, Devin Thomas, Mike Thomas, Reggie Bush, Darius Slay and Theo Riddick.

The Lions have shown a preference for a dedicated return man rather than using a player also relied upon to fill an offensive or defensive position. They may have found that guy after signing Micheal Spurlock.

Spurlock has played some wide receiver over the course of his NFL career but it is his return ability that has kept him in the league. He has a pair of punt returns for touchdowns to his credit, as well as three career kick returns for touchdowns.

Spurlock averaged 23.4 yards per kick return between the Jacksonville Jaguars and San Diego Chargers a year ago – 2.1 yards per return better than Logan’s 2012 average with the Lions. His punt return average of 14.1 yards was a full five yards better than Logan.

Don’t expect the job to be handed to Spurlock, but after losing out on Joshua Cribbs, the Lions have done well in finding another solid option.

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