Lions' Jamal Agnew Expected to Change Positions from CB to WR This Season

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistMay 27, 2020

PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA - SEPTEMBER 22:   Jamal Agnew #39 of the Detroit Lions carries the ball 100 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field on September 22, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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The Detroit Lions are moving Jamal Agnew from cornerback to wide receiver as they prepare for the 2020 NFL season.

In his most recent column, NBC Sports' Peter King noted Agnew was attending virtual meetings with the Lions' wideouts. The Detroit Free Press' Dave Birkett wrote Tuesday the Lions are looking for him to make a full-time transition to offense.

Agnew has largely been relegated to special teams during his three years in Detroit. He was an All-Pro as a punt returner in 2017. In 32 career appearances, he has 26 tackles and five fumble recoveries.

Agnew's shift from cornerback would seemingly indicate the Lions didn't see a future for him at that position. They traded Darius Slay to the Philadelphia Eagles but signed Desmond Trufant and selected Jeff Okudah in the first round of the 2020 NFL draft.

During his All-Pro season, Agnew averaged 15.4 yards per punt return. He's also averaging 24.1 yards on 36 career kick returns.


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The 25-year-old is obviously elusive in the open field, which could make him an asset in Detroit's passing game.

Earning a roster spot won't be guaranteed, though.

The Lions' top three receivers, Kenny Golladay, Marvin Jones and Danny Amendola, are all back for 2020, and the team added Geronimo Allison and Quintez Cephus.


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