Detroit Lions: Jamal Agnew to embrace new role in 2020 as wide receiver

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The Detroit Lions are continuing the virtual offseason, and signs are pointing that Jamal Agnew is going to transition to the offensive side of the ball.

While the Detroit Lions advance further through the offseason, the new normal has been virtual meetings with positional groups. During this time, new draft picks are getting acclimated with new teammates and coaches; Jamal Agnew, on the other hand, is making a position change.

Agnew was selected back during the 2017 NFL Draft as a cornerback from the University of San Diego; he has also been the Lions return man for the past three seasons. The latest news has been that Agnew has been sitting in on meetings with the wide receivers.

It seems that Agnew is going to be making the transition this upcoming season to the offensive side of the ball and hopefully be one of the Lions offensive weapons. He has not found his way into a ton of games during his three seasons in the NFL; this could allow him to change that.

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Last season when an injury to Marvin Jones had the receiving core run thin, Agnew had started to become a part of the receiving core behind the scenes in meetings in case he was needed.

Agnew has the tools to be useful as a slot receiver if he can successfully make the transition in this Lions offense.

Agnew’s speed and quickness are what makes him unique as a weapon; he could work out of the slot in this Lions offense.

He will have to battle for his position in the Lions offense, the transition does not guarantee him a spot in the receiving core, but he will be able to work for it.

The Lions selected wide receiver, Quintez Cephus, in the fifth round of the NFL Draft, which adds to the group of receivers gunning for jobs this upcoming season. Agnew will be in the mix, showing off his speed, trying to earn his way onto the field to catch passes from Matthew Stafford in 2020.

Agnew’s job as a return specialist might be in jeopardy with another one of the Lions NFL Draft selections. Running back, Jason Huntley will not beat out D’Andre Swift in the backfield, but he has a shot at earning his way onto the roster by impressing in the return game.

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The Detroit Lions might be on to something by moving Agnew onto the other side of the ball and trying to get him more involved in games during the 2020 season.