Ross had a 35-yard punt return late in the second quarter that set up a
Ross also chipped in a 30-yard kickoff return and caught a 5-yard touchdown pass from
All that was a against a Packers team that cut him after only three games this year.
“I was just trying to go out there and make a play,” Ross said after the game. “It was good to be out there and play my (former) team, the team I got cut from.”
Ross took over return duties from
The Lions have used Ross over Spurlock a few times this year on the active 46-man roster on game day because of what he brings to the table on offense as a slot receiver with good size (6-0, 215).
Ross has taken advantage of his opportunities, too. He's had a big return of some kind in every game that he's taken over the primary return duties. His performance on Thanksgiving just might have earned him the job for good moving forward.
Spurlock has been sure-handed returning kicks all season, which is priority No. 1 for the Lions on special teams, but other than a 57-yard punt return vs. Chicago in Week 4, he hasn’t provided a lot in terms of big plays from the return position.
Ross, on the other hand, has given the Lions a spark in limited opportunities. He had a 44-yard kick return against Dallas Oct. 27 and returned a punt 42 yards against Tampa Bay Nov. 24.
Detroit currently ranks 16th in the NFL with a 23.9 return average on kickoffs and 20th on punts a 8.2 yards per return.
Ross’ kickoff (27.2) and punt (14.7) return averages are both higher, and his contributions on offense could have him playing the prominent return role the rest of the way.