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I’ve been putting off writing on the Wide Receivers hoping that there would be a key addition in the week before the Detroit Lions start training camp. An addition was made, but he likely won’t even make the roster.
Calvin Johnson is the best receiver in football today. There is no question, and no argument against this. Even the most bitter of rivals can see that Johnson is clearly a step ahead of everyone. Unfortunately for the Lions, he’s many steps ahead of the rest of the receiving core as well. Currently on the roster are Terrence Austin, Nate Burleson, Ryan Broyles, Kris Durham, Patrick Edwards, Corey Fuller, Calvin Johnson, Chaz Schilens Michael Spurlock, Devin Thomas, Mike Thomas, Cody Wilson, and Matt Willis. This is a pretty full Receivers room but most of these guys have no shot at making the roster.
Johnson will be the #1 receiver. That’s a given. He’ll also likely be the only receiver to not miss a game next season given the Lions’ recent history. The important consideration here is who will be #2? Burleson, Broyles, Durham, Fuller, Edwards and now Schilens are the main candidates. Burleson is better used as a possession receiver but can fill in in a pinch. He’s going to be on the roster without a doubt but should not be the planned #2 guy. Broyles has durability issues with two torn ACLs but he has the ability to be THE guy next to Calvin Johnson. He has proved to be incredibly productive when healthy, but can’t seem to stay on the field. Durham had flashes last season when he filled in for injured starters but was too inconsistent to be considered for the #2 spot this year. If he can show that he can make plays day in and day out at training camp, he is a mammoth for Cornerbacks to deal with should still make the roster.
Fuller was drafted this year to potentially stretch the field opposite of Johnson but will need time to develop in the pro system in order to truly make an impact. I do expect him to beat out Patrick Edwards as the #4 or 5 guy. Edwards failed to make the roster last season. This is bad news considering how bad the receivers were last season. Titus Young was second in receptions with 33 catches. That’s 25% of what Calvin Johnson had at 122. He is going to get lost in the shuffle between him, Spurlock, Austin, and Devin Thomas. Mike Thomas should be the go-to slot receiver when Burleson is off the field. He also has use on special teams which is an important consideration when you’re looking this far down the depth chart.
With the pre-season quickly approaching, the 90-man roster is going to start cutting weight very soon. I expect 6 of these 12 to get cut or put on the practice squad and am still hopeful the Lions can find a way to bring in another legit #2 guy if Broyles isn’t able to stay on the field. The WR room is about to gain a lot of breathing space in the early part of the season for sure.
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