Williams gets the nod
ALLEN PARK Poor special teams play was a huge issue in the Lions 48-24 loss at Chicago on Sunday. Coach Jim Schwartz made a move today to change things up. Rookie Derrick Williams is the new kickoff returner replacing rookie Aaron Brown.
Its time for him to deliver. He was drafted as one of those things being his role being a kick returner, punt returner, wide receiver, Schwartz said at his weekly press conference. He was behind in training camp (due to injury). Our inefficiency at kick returns is glaring and it needs to be addressed and hes going to have to do the job.
The third-round pick out of Penn State ranked second in the Big Ten and 28th nationally last year returning kicks for the Nittany Lions. He had 20 returns for 515 yards (25.8 average) and two scores. He also returned 18 punts for 169 yards (9.39 average) and a touchdown.
Its not a move that will solve all of the Lions special teams woes, but its a start.