Lions add ex-Jaguars RB Montell Owens

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In a move that strengthens their running back depth and special teams coverage, the Lions have signed former Jaguars running back Montell Owens, Tim Twentyman of reported Thursday.

A two-time Pro Bowler on special teams, Owens, 29, could be a core special teams player for the Lions, whose problems covering kicks early last season cost them dearly. He also gives them another back with game experience behind starter Reggie Bush. Mikel Leshoure, the top option behind Bush, has battled injuries during his pro career.

Owens (5-10, 225) produced when pressed into service on offense in 2012, rushing for 209 yards and a touchdown on 42 carries and catching eight passes for 113 yards and a score for Jacksonville. The Jaguars released Owens on May 16. He visited Buffalo four days later, but he has now landed with Detroit, which can use a player with his skill set.

9 responses to “Lions add ex-Jaguars RB Montell Owens

  1. Looks to me like the Lions have more depth for the bottom of their roster than any recent previous year. They already have to cut a lot of veterans and other potential STers due to a fat quantity of possible roster worthy players. You have TWO new young guys, one is a draft pick, and one is a sleeper UDFA, and then you have Bush and Joique Bell and LeShoure for 3 more!

    I would be utterly shocked if this guy can win a job, there’s just not any room for his position or another ST only candidate. There are going to be a couple guys this year that the Lions cut that will make other teams, and I know a lot of people think Lions players are worthless, but let’s see how many guys can’t make this team but will make somebody else’s team.

    I think he was just picked up for an extra body due to some minor injuries right now that are keeping their practice bodies short on number.

  2. I think Swartz and Mahew are growing sick and tired of Leshoure’s constant nagging little injuries that are just big enough to keep him off the practice field but not big enough to keep him out of games. Personally, I’m totally fed up with LeNotSoSure! Between his drug busts and “minor” hamstring injuries he’s totally useless. Montel Owens shouldn’t have any problems making the team especially when you consider how bad our ST coverage was last year. On the other hand – if i were LeJerk, l wouldn’t get to comfortable – he’s done nothing – absolutely nothing.

  3. Good for him – probably the only thing better than leaving the Jags these days is jumping ship from the Jets. Good luck in DET.

  4. Special teams was a major weak spot last season. A two time special teams pro bowler is a nice addition and will help shore up that part of the game.

    If he can catch passes out of the backfield, that’s a bonus.

  5. this is the first time for me I have been a lions fan for fifty years and am just learing this so I hope I don’t hurt others feelings but to be a fan sometimes you are going to

  6. Leshoure is still recovering from his achilles injury. This season will show if he can return to his previous form. A lot of players with his injury do not fully recover.

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