Week in Review: A deeper look at the Lions special teams units

Posted Jun 22, 2013

Tim Twentyman takes a look at top punters in the league, whether Reggie Bush could return and whether John Bonamego would rather have a strong cover game or return man

The first week following the conclusion of the offseason conditioning program, things were much quieter in Allen Park than they have been the past two months.

That doesn't mean there wasn't anything to discuss, however. writers Tim Twentyman and Mike O'Hara had plenty to talk about including training camp competition, the state of special teams, players drawing attention for solid offseasons and more.

Let's start with special teams because there was a lot touched on this week.

The Detroit Lions drafted punter Sam Martin in the fifth round, drawing some criticism from fans for taking a player at that position so high.

Not so fast, said Tim Twentyman. Looking back to last season, nine of the top 10 punters in net average were drafted by their respective teams ... and the average position for drafting a punter is almost exactly where the Lions took Martin.

Keeping with cover teams, Bonamego also said that having top-notch units to cover kicks and punts is significantly more important than having an explosive return man.

That doesn't mean the Lions won't take both if they can get it.

Aside from players such as Patrick Edwards, Steven Miller and Mike Thomas who are in the mix for return duties, Bonamego also said he isn't opposed to keeping RB Reggie Bush in the fold for returning punts in certain instances.

"That's more situational," said Bonamego. "'We need one, let's put him back there and let's see if he can make something happen.'"

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