Reggie Bush could be a situational punt returner for Lions

Posted Jun 19, 2013

Special teams coordinator John Bonamego says even if Bush isn't the full-time punt returner for the Lions, he could do it on a situational basis

This entire offseason, new Detroit Lions running back Reggie Bush fielded punts in practice.

The Lions are on the lookout for a new punt returner after parting ways with Stefan Logan after last season. Could Bush fill that role?

Reggie BushRB Reggie Bush (Photo: G. Smith/Detroit Lions)

He certainly has experience doing it with a career average of 7.9 yards per punt return and four punt return touchdowns.

Lions special teams coordinator John Bonamego knows full well what Bush can provide in the return game. Bonamego held the same title with the Saints in 2006 and 2007 -- Bush's first two seasons in the league. Bonamego says even if Bush isn't the full-time punt returner for the Lions this season, he could do it in a situational basis.

"Reggie will have a role," Bonamego told "Reggie (can return punts) and is willing to do it. That's more situational -- we need one, let's put him back there and let's see if he can make something happen.

"I had him his first two years in the league in New Orleans and that was the way he was utilized in that role. So, he's back there catching them in practice."

There are going to be times when the Lions need a spark or a big return and will look to Bush, who's also expected to have a big role on offense this season, to provide them with one.

Bush fielded punts alongside Steven Miller, Patrick Edwards, Theo Riddick, Micheal Spurlock, Mike Thomas, Cody Wilson and Terrance Austin during OTAs and mini-camp.

Reggie Bush as a punt returner

SeasonTeamPunt ReturnsAvg.TD
2006 New Orleans 28 7.7 1
2007 New Orleans 3 4.0 0
2008 New Orleans 20 13.5 3
2009 New Orleans 27 4.8 0
2010 New Orleans 14 6.6 0
2011 Miami 6 8.7 0