Lions coach Jim Caldwell answers questions ahead of Monday night’s game against the New York Giants.
Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press
Detroit Lions coach Jim Caldwell said both Dwayne Washington and Jamal Agnew could return kicks Monday night against the New York Giants (8:30 p.m., ESPN).
Washington won the Lions’ kick-return job in training camp, but he was benched after two returns in last week’s win over the Arizona Cardinals for poor decision making.
Agnew, a rookie cornerback, averaged 16 yards on three punt returns last week and had an 18-yard return on the only kickoff he brought out of the end zone.
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Caldwell gave Washington a vote of confidence after the game, and said Saturday “you could see a little bit of both (players)” against the Giants.
Washington played as the Lions’ No. 3 running back against the Cardinals, and replaced starter Ameer Abdullah in short-yardage work.
Asked how Agnew handling all returns could impact the running back rotation – Zach Zenner started ahead of Washington at running back late last season but was inactive against the Cardinals – Caldwell was evasive.
“Every week’s different,” he said. “Just kind of depends on what we decide to do with that spot or how much involved they are. Special teams is a part of that other than just the return game. So, every…
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