The Detroit Lions got a little better on special teams Thursday with the signing of veteran RB/FB Montell Owens.
Owens, who turned 29 earlier this month, entered the league in 2006 as an undrafted free agent from Maine by the Jacksonville Jaguars and has played in 104 games over a seven-year career. He was released by the new coaching regime in Jacksonville earlier this month.
“The past seven years in Jacksonville, we’ve had three new head coaches, we’ve had three general managers and two different owners since I’ve been there,” Owens told detroitlions.com after his signing. “There was always a lot of turnover. A great organization, but there was always a new vision.”
Owens said the stability of the Lions front office and coaching staff was one of the things that ultimately lead to him signing with Detroit.
“Getting to a team that has a vision and is established and we know what direction we’re heading in was important,” he said.
A consistent special teams player, Owens (5-10, 225) was voted to two Pro Bowls in 2010 and 2011. He left Jacksonville as the franchise leader in special teams tackles (118).
He’ll rejoin coach John Bonamego, who was hired as the Lions special teams coordinator after spending last season in the same role with the Jaguars.
“I bring my hard hat to work,” he said. “I’m going to come here and work. A lot of it is going to be gaining the trust of my teammates.
“I’ve been a part of No. 1 punt teams. No. 1 punt return teams. I’ve seen it. I know what it takes. I’m a sponge in my own regard. I love to learn and whatever I have and whatever I’ve learned, I’m going to give away. It’s all about winning and everyone being on the same page.”
Owens made four starts on offense last year, when the Jaguars were ravaged by injuries at the position, and carried the ball 42 times for 209 yards (5.0 average) with one touchdown.
In his career, he’s also caught 12 passes for 132 yards.
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