Detroit Lions — Five top return candidates
- Wide receiver Lance Moore has returned kicks and punts in his 10-year NFL career. He was lining up with the other candidates regularly during organized team activities and minicamp. He’s got a great shot to make the 53-man roster, if he could return it would help his cause.
- Ryan Broyles returned punts for four years at Oklahoma and kickoffs for two seasons. He’s got the experience and he’s been getting looks in the offseason. The wide receiver is on the bubble for the roster and, like the others, it would enhance his chances to keep a job if he can handle the return work.
- Rookie running back Ameer Abdullah returned punts and kicks at Nebraska which could be one reason the Lions drafted him in the second round. He got his chances in OTAs and minicamp. Expect that to continue in training camp and preseason games.
- TJ Jones started to turn heads in the three-day minicamp. At that time the wide receiver was in the rotation working on returns. He returned punts as a senior at Notre Dame so he has experience although it’s limited.
- Golden Tate is always available. He’d love to do it but the fact that he’s the No. 2 wide receiver doesn’t help his cause. He did return punts and kicks at Notre Dame but that was a while ago. He returned 51 punts, averaging 11.5 yards, in 2013 with the Seattle Seahawks.