Last week, during their first set of OTAs, the Detroit Lions had wide receivers Lance Moore, Golden Tate and Jeremy Ross returning punts. While that may not mean much come August, this at the very least gave us an idea of who is currently in the mix for the Lions' punt returner job.
But what about the kick returner job? Well, with the Lions wrapping up their second week of OTAs on Thursday, we now have an idea of who is currently in the mix for that particular role:
Kick returners were Quandre Diggs, Ryan Broyles, TJ Jones, Ameer Abdullah. Jeremy Ross was NOT with them.— Kyle Meinke (@kmeinke) June 4, 2015
Ross wasn't returning kicks? Does this mean he's already out of the kick returner competition? Are the Lions finally serious about making a change at that spot? It's entirely possible that Ross won't be the kick returner once the season rolls around, but we probably shouldn't jump to any conclusions about his lack of return reps on Thursday. From MLive:
Ross said the emphasis was on the kickoff team today, not kick return, and he is repping on the kickoff unit right now. He's playing the "L2" position, which is the second guy in on the left side. Ross said if the emphasis were on kick return, he would have been back there.
So there you have it. It appears that Ross is still in the mix to return kicks, as are wide receivers Ryan Broyles and TJ Jones, cornerback Quandre Diggs and running back Ameer Abdullah. It will be interesting to see how this competition plays out once training camp and the preseason begin.