The Lions’ first-string offense has two talented and accomplished return men in wide receiver Golden Tate and running back Reggie Bush, but neither of them is likely to be called upon to do so this season.
Tate has said he’s happy to play special teams if the coaches ask him, while Bush has said he’d rather focus on just playing offense. From all indications, all of the kick returns will be handled by Jeremy Ross, who played well last year after the Lions signed him in the middle of the season.
This item is mainly for those who play in return leagues, but whether a team is willing to use a player on returns is sometimes an indicator of his role on offense. We know Bush will be involved (albeit less than in recent years), but the fact that the team doesn't want to use Tate on returns leads us to believe he's going to have a big role in the offense. For more on Tate's potential click here.