The Detroit Lions seem to finally have a lethal return game in newly acquired Jeremy Ross. Ross recorded a punt and a kickoff return in the loss to Philadelphia this past Sunday, becoming only the 13th player in NFL history to accomplish that.
The 2013 season has been full of ups and downs for the 25-year old. He started the season with the Green Bay Packers, but was released in October after a fumble, that cost the Packers the game. After he was released, Detroit immediately signed him to their practice squad.
“One of the first things I said to him when he walked in the door was, ‘One man’s trash is another man’s treasure,'” special team’s coordinator John Bonamego told Jeremy Ross via detroitlions.com.
After three months on the Lions’ practice squad, Ross was added to the active roster, where he has been making plays ever since. He has four returns longer than forty yards this season, even though he has only started four games this year.
“As good as he’s been, I think he can still get better,” Special Teams Coordinator Bonamego said. “He has done a really good job of staying with the plan. He understands where the blocks are supposed to happen. He can see the field”
Detroit will need Ross to keep making the big plays as the Lions are fighting to win the NFC North that will likely come down to the wire. The Detroit Lions will be taking on the 7-6 Ravens this week on Monday Night Football.