Detroit Lions returner: I would have fired myself if the punter stopped me... again

Jamal Agnew wouldn't let it for the third game in a row.
The Detroit Lions returnees did not let a kicker stop him.
Because if he had, he couldn't have forgiven himself.
"Oh, two weeks in a row I was attacked by the kicker," said Agnew on Saturday with a smile, "so I couldn't allow it a third time in a row." I would have fired myself to be honest. "
At 9:38 in the third quarter of the Lions' 47-7 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Saturday, Bradley Pinion stumbled 49 yards to Detroit 26 near the sideline, where Agnew set up the boat. Agnew cut right and broke an arm. When Pinion was the last defender on his way, Agnew got full steam and itched to his left, then shot past for a 74-yard touchdown.
"I mean, it was frustrating all year long not to take the chance," said Agnew. “For some reason we've been getting more and more opportunities over the last month. I keep telling my teammates, 'You know, let's block it, let's block it.” They work their bums off because you never know when we'll get the opportunity will get and it came.
“I mean, unfortunately we were down 40 (before touchdown). But we're still trying to make a difference and play on special teams. I'm just happy that I got to play this game for the team and give us some juice. "
Detroit Lions recipient Jamal Agnew, 39, returns for a touchdown against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the third quarter at Ford Field on December 26, 2020.
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Two weeks ago, Agnew had a 71-yard kickoff return against the Green Bay Packers, which was kept out of the end zone by kicker Mason Crosby's tackle. The then special teams coordinator, Brayden Coombs, had fun fining Agnew for being stopped by the kicker.
Then, last week in Tennessee, Agnew faced kicker Stephen Gostkowski in the middle of the field, who was 43 yards back and may be aiming for a touchdown.
When Agnew finally returned to the house on Saturday, it turned out to be too little, too late. But at least it proved the Lions hadn't quit.
"Oh no doubt the effort is definitely there," he said. "I just don't think the execution was there, to be honest. We didn't do the pieces in the specific situations we needed. Obviously we had big offsides on that first run that killed a bit of momentum. It is the very kinds of games that we have to include and play. We can't attribute it to the scheme or anything. "
Contact Carlos Monarrez at cmonarrez@freepress.com and follow him on Twitter @cmonarrez.
This article originally appeared in the Detroit Free Press: Why Detroit Lions Returnees Jamal Agnew Joked About Firing Himself

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