Last week, the Detroit Lions were

  •  keeping their eyes on a couple of slot receiver after trading away Golden Tate. They reportedly worked out Bruce Ellington and Jeremy Kerley. Now it appears their turning thei r attention towards a much different type of receiver. According to ESPN’s Field Yates, the Lions worked out Brandon Marshall.Marshall was released by the Seahawks after the Week 8 game against the Lions. Seattle head coach Pete Carroll told reporters they had to release him because they needed more help on special teams, but he insisted the 6-foot-5 receiver still has something left in the tank.“He did such good stuff [and] helped guys on both sides of the football with all of his experience and all that,” Carroll said. “He’s in terrific shape for this stage of his career and he can still play.”At this point, Marshall is 34 years old and hasn’t had much impact on an NFL offense in the past few years. He suffered a season-ending ankle injury just five weeks into the 2017 season with the Giants, and he saw his role with the Seahawks slowly diminish this year, playing in just a total of 34 snaps in his final three games with the team.That being said, in his last fully healthy season, Marshall hauled in 59 catches for 788 yards, and he’s only three years removed from a 14-touchdown season with the Jets.The Lions offense may be a little desperate after one of their worst outputs in the past few years. With games against the Bears, Panthers and Rams coming up, the Lions could use all of the offensive weapons they can get. Update: The Lions announced Monday evening they have released wide receiver Andy Jones. Jones was activated from the PUP list last week and played in two offensive snaps and 18 special teams plays against the Vikings. His release now opens up a roster spot for the Lions. Is Marshall their guy? We’ll see. With news that the Detroit Lions are preparing to be without All Pro punt returner Jamal Agnew for the long term, the team is now facing an interesting dilemma. Prior to Week 5 Youth LeGarrette Blount Jersey , Agnew was handling both the kick and punt return duties, as well as picking up a significant portion of defensive snaps, and even a couple of offensive plays, as well. The man did a heck of a lot for a 2017 fifth-round pick, which, unfortunately, means the Lions will have to rely on several players to pick up the slack.But for today, let’s just focus on his special teams contributions and who may help take over in both returning spots. On Sunday, Ameer Abdullah—active for the first time all year—took over as the team’s kick returner, but it’s unclear if that will continue to be his job going forward. It seems odd to keep five running backs (including fullback) active on gameday, especially since they only kept three active last year. So today’s Question of the Day is:Who should the Lions’ kick and punt returner be with Jamal Agnew out?My answer:I’m going to break this down by potential optionsAmeer Abdullah - Abdullah seems like the most logical choice here for kick returner, not only because he was there against the Packers, but because he was pretty darn good as the team’s kick returner in 2015—averaging 29.1 yards per return. The question here is whether Abdullah would be worth an active spot on the roster. If Kerryon Johnson misses any time , this is a no-brainer, but if not, five active running backs is honestly a poor use of roster space. Additionally, Abdullah doesn’t provide any value as a punt returner. He hasn’t returned a punt since his sophomore year in college. TJ Jones - Jones has 10 kick returns to his name as a Lion and averaged a respectable, but not fantastic 21.1 yards per kick. Jones is an interesting option, because he not only could take over punt return duties, but he won’t take up an extra gameday roster spot—Jones has been active in every game this year, and offers offensive potential, as well. One reason why I think roster management is a big factor here is because the Lions have only returned seven kickoffs this year. If we’re being completely honest, kick returner is a dying position right now, and it’s not worth a roster spot alone. Brandon Powell - Powell has been sitting on the team’s roster all year, but has yet to be active for a single game. In the preseason and training camp, Powell’s speed was on full display , and he looked to be the team’s second-best returner behind Agnew. However, activating him would mean someone else would ride the bench, and I don’t think Powell would provide much of anything outside of special teams.Golden Tate - Tate probably wouldn’t take over kick return duties, but he’s shown himself to be valuable as a punt return guy. Over the course of his career, he’s returned 90 punts for an average of 10.7 yards per return. There’s an obvious injury risk in putting Tate back there, but he’s clearly the team’s most experienced option and he won’t use up that extra roster spot. Conclusion:I’m all about using your roster spots efficiently, and considering the new kickoff rules have all but ended kick returns in Detroit, I don’t think it’s worth adding another player to the gameday roster for that alone. Brandon Powell could do both punt and kick return duties, but I still don’t think it’s worth it. Have TJ Jones take a knee for kickoffs, and roll the dice with Tate as the punt returner (it’s not like the Lions are forcing that many punts, either—they only have seven returns on the year). Your turn.Tweets from