Defensive Back Turned Wide Receiver: The Story of Jamal Agnew


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You can't talk about the best kick returner in the last 3 years without talking about Agnew. He is one of the best we've seen in a long while. But, chances are you haven't heard of him. That's because until this years spring training he was a part of the struggling Detroit Lions defense. Looking at his numbers, we know hes not performing as wanted as a corner-back. So, if you're Matt Patricia what do you do? You make him into a wide receiver. So without further ado, lets look at his story and progress on the other side of the football.


Jamal was born on the 3rd of April, 1995 in San Diego, California. He played HS football for the Point Loma High School as a running back and defensive back. After a rather uneventful senior year, he attended the University of San Diego for 3 years as a defensive back. At the NFL Draft he put up a good show. Running a 4.3 40, 10'5'' broad jump, and 16 reps of the 225 lb. bench press. Surprisingly how ever, even though he was a highly anticipated pick, no team selected Agnew until the 165th pick of the 5th round when the Lions decided to pull the trigger on him.


After 3 years on the Lions, Jamal Agnew

has shown that he has skills as a kick returner and not so much a corner-back. And what a way to do so than by returning a punt late in fourth quarter 88 yards for a touchdown and MNF win against the New York Giants. Time and time again Agnew's performance on the secondary would have fans and the front office disappointed, but would then go and amaze as a kick and punt returner. Such as when Jamal had another late fourth quarter return TD, this time a 75 yarder against the New Orleans Saints. And more recently Jamal took the ball from one end zone across the field, and into the other for a 100 yard return touchdown and win VS the Philadelphia Eagles. Agnew had a taste of offence in 2017 when the Lions played the Steelers and he had his first reception as a wideout.(12 yard catch). So, after all that here we are today. Will Jamal Agnew replace veteran Danny Amendola in the slot, or will he be adding to the confusion of Marvin Jones Jr. and Kenny Golladay competing for #1 WR? Will Stafford be able to bomb it way out or will he be a short pass heavy skill set. We have a lot of questions and not a whole lot of answers. But we have heard nothing but good news so we can all be hopeful that we have a new lethal weapon to add to our arsenal.

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