In 2011 the Detroit Lions were second in passing the ball and total offense in the entire NFL. There is no reason why they couldn’t be first in 2012. The Lions may have the most explosive passing offense in all of football going into the new season, the main reason being their explosive wide receiving core.
We all know about Calvin Johnson aka Megatron. This year can be a career year for Johnson if he doesn’t get bit by the Madden curse. Johnson had 96 catches for 1,681 yards and 16 touchdowns last season and is looking to improve on it. Johnson has the ability to be the third wide receiver ever to catch 20 touchdowns in a season in 2012. Johnson will be helped out by second year receiver Titus Young.
Young in his second season as a Lion has the opportunity to be a breakout player this season. Last season Young was hampered by injury early in training camp and the season but still put up good numbers for a rookie. Young had 607 yards and 6 touchdowns in 2011 and have the opportunity to improve on that this season. Last year he played the third wide receiver spot but this year he will be pushing Nate Burleson for the number two spot.
Burleson had a disappointing season in 2011 to say the least. Burleson only scored three touchdowns last year after coming off a summer of high expectations for him with Calvin Johnson in his second year as a Lion. Burleson is not a bad wide receiver but he will be pushed by the young talent that Detroit is bringing in at wide out. Burleson should be poised to have a good season with young guys nipping at his toes for playing time.
The biggest question mark is rookie wide out Ryan Broyles. Broyles was drafted by the Lions in the second round from Oklahoma. Broyles was NCAA career leader in receptions during his career as a sooner and looks to fit right in to the Lions offense. Broyles will start at the 4th wide receiver spot but will definitely push Young and Burleson for their spots. He is a huge 3rd down threat and can possibly be a favorite target for Matthew Stafford.
The Detroit Lions wide receivers have a chance to be the best group in the game. They have size, speed, hands and experience on their side and that makes them very dangerous. There would be no surprises if the Lions have “The” best passing offense in 2012.