The Josh Cribbs free agent tour makes its next stop in Detroit this week, but coach Jim Schwartz wouldn’t say much about the Lions’ interest in the Pro Bowl return man after rookie minicamp Sunday. “I think I’ll just reserve any comments,” Schwartz said. “We generally don’t comment on guys that we bring in. I will acknowledge that he’s scheduled to come in, but where that goes, how it develops and if that develops where he ends up on our team then I’ll comment more on that.” Cribbs holds an NFL record with eight career kickoff returns for touchdowns and averaged 12 yards on a career-high-tying 38 punt returns last year. The soon-to-be 30-year-old visited the Raiders, Jets and Giants last week, but he is still recuperating from off-season knee surgery. The Lions were one of the NFL’s worst return units last year, ranking 31st in the league in kick-return average and 22nd on punt returns. Stefan Logan, who handled return duties most of the last three years, remains a free agent and isn’t expected back. During rookie camp this week, the Lions auditioned several return options, including Appalachian State running back Steven Miller (who never handled return duties in college but impressed Lions special-teams coordinator John Bonamego with his return ability during a pro-day workout), practice-squad receiver Patrick Edwards and cornerback Lionel Smith.
Josh Cribbs visiting Lions this week, but could returner come from within?
Detroit Free Press | May 13