Dec 28, 2014; Green Bay, WI, USA; Detroit Lions wide receiver Jeremy Ross (12) during the game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. Green Bay won 30-20. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports
Why he should stay: Ross showed a lot of promise as a return man during the 2013 season. unfortunately it did not translate into the 2014 season. What did however, was his receiving skills. Ross picked up a career high 24 receptions for 314 yards and 1 touchdown. This is most likely the reason that Ross was re-signed early in the offseason.
Why he should go: Re-signing Ross was a big head scratcher for me. On one hand I understand the Lions need receiving help. On the other hand the Lions need more help in the return game, and Ross is not the answer. In 2013 it seemed as though Ross had an imagination in the return game. He was willing to try anything to get better field position. In 2014 Ross grew into lackluster run straight forward return man who always tackled on or before the 20 yard line.
Final determination: With the arrivals of Lance Moore and Greg Salas, and the potential of Corey Fuller and T.J. Jones, there are better receiving options on the team now. This is going to make it incredibly hard for Ross to carve himself a roster spot into the what has turned into a large group of receivers. But my guess is that he somehow does. My hope is that is 2014 season was an anomaly. I’m betting the staff feels that same way.
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