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Detroit Lions expected to hire Antwaan Randle El as WR coach

Another former player is joining the Lions coaching staff.

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Fresh off his Super Bowl win as a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers coaching staff, former NFL receiver Antwaan Randle El is expected to join the Detroit Lions’ staff as the team’s next wide receiver coach, according to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero.

Randle El is known for his long playing career. Starting as a second-round pick out of Indiana, he played for the Steelers and Washington over a nine-year career that included one All-Pro year in which he shined as a punt returner. In his entire career, he housed five punt returns, one kick return, and scored 15 times as a receiver. He also threw for six touchdowns as a gadget-play quarterback.

His NFL coaching career started just in 2019, when the Bucs hired him as an offensive assistant. He’s held that position for the past two season under offensive-minded head coach Bruce Arians and up-and-coming offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich.

The Lions have already hired an assistant wide receivers coach in Seth Ryan, son of Rex Ryan.

Randle El becomes the latest player-turned-coach on a Lions staff full of them. Head coach Dan Campbell, offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn, defensive coordinator Aaron Glenn, assistant head coach/running backs coach Duce Staley, quarterbacks coach Mark Brunell, and offensive line coach Hank Fraley all had significant playing careers in the NFL.

The Lions still have a handful of coaching hires they’re likely to make, but the only positional coaching job that is still vacant is outside linebackers coach.