Before running back/fullback Montell Owens signed with the Detroit Lions on Thursday, he visited the Buffalo Bills last week. The visit obviously did not result in a deal, and he instead ended up joining the Lions. Why did he decide to take his talents to Detroit? Owens told Tim Twentyman on Thursday that he liked the overall fit.
Montell Owens on signing with #Lions: "When you sit back and look at the roster and the coaching staff, man, it's just a great fit."— Tim Twentyman (@ttwentyman) May 30, 2013
From a roster standpoint, Owens will likely end up behind Reggie Bush, Mikel Leshoure and Joique Bell on the depth chart at running back. He should beat out Shaun Chapas at fullback, though, so he could still get some playing time out of the backfield on offense.
More than anything, Owens is expected to be a big part of the Lions' special teams units. He is now back with John Bonamego, the current Lions and former Jacksonville Jaguars special teams coach, and Owens is confident in his own abilities when it comes to special teams.
Montell Owens: "I've been a part of No. 1 punt teams. No. 1 punt return teams. I've seen it. I know what it takes."— Tim Twentyman (@ttwentyman) May 30, 2013
Owens has made the Pro Bowl twice in his career for his play on special teams. The Lions struggled mightily in that department last year, and signing Owens is yet another move toward making sure the special teams units are much better in 2013.