Jim Schwartz: Reggie Bush could return punts and kicks

Posted Mar 23, 2013

Bush hasn't been a returner with any regularity since his days in New Orleans, but head coach Jim Schwartz said there's a possibility he could be a key player on special teams

Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartzhas not left out the possibility that running back Reggie Bush could also play a role on special teams.
Reggie Bush
RB Reggie Bush (Photo: AP Images)

"Yeah," Schwartz said when asked at the NFL League Meetings in Phoenix this week if he'd consider using Bush as a punt or kick returner. "I'm not a man of few words, but yes."

"He can score points. He can change field position," Schwartz said. "That will all shake out over the course of offseason and training camp and preseason games, but he's certainly a guy that you want touching the football, and any way we can get him touching the football is going to be good for the Lions."

Bush has only returned one kickoff in his NFL career (32 yards with Saints in 2010), but has extensive experience returning punts.

He scored three touchdowns on 20 punt returns in 2008 and has a 7.9 yards per punt return average for his career. He hasn't done it with any regularity though, since his days in New Orleans from 2006-10.

Last season, the Lions ranked 22nd in the NFL in punt return average (8.6 ypr) and 31st in kickoff returns (20.0).

"I think that guys, when they're blocking, when they know that they have somebody back there that can break it, they give just a little bit more," Detroit Lions new special teams coordinator John Bonamego told last month.

The Lions aren't expected to bring back Stefan Logan and the team is on the lookout for a dynamic returner. If the Lions so choose to give Bush a shot, he fits the bill, at least returning punts.

The team has other options such as Mike Thomas and Ryan Broyles.