Detroit Lions Midseason Grades: Wide Receiver Report Card

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Oct 27, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson (81) makes a catch during the third quarter against the Dallas Cowboys at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

The Detroit Lions are accustomed to their wide receiver unit consisting of Calvin Johnson and whoever wants to catch a couple passes each week.

That has held true so far, as Johnson has more receiving yards in his most recent single game than any other Lions receiver has in all eight games this season.

But does that mean the rest of the Lions’ wide receiver unit is floundering around in failure? Well, none so badly as Patrick Edwards, who for all his apparent talent, couldn’t catch a pass when it came to game time.

That reminds me, a couple of disclaimers here: Michael Spurlock isn’t included here, because while he is listed as a receiver, his job is as a return specialist, which means he was already discussed on Saturday. Nate Burleson will be graded, because while he hasn’t played much due to injury, he’s still on the 53-man roster, and he had major impact before breaking his arm.

As for Jeremy Ross, he doesn’t appear as a receiver on the Lions’ depth chart, so he isn’t reviewed here. Perhaps that means he should have been evaluated as a special teamer, but he has very little time there either. So we’ll just give Ross an incomplete grade for now until we have a better handle on what his full-time role is.

In the meantime, in terms of the wide receivers, let’s just start with the easy one.

Tuesday, October 29 – Guards/Centers & Linebackers

Wednesday, October 30 – Offensive Tackles & Cornerbacks

Thursday, October 31 – Tight Ends & Safeties

Friday, November 1 Running Backs & Defensive Tackles

Saturday, November 2 - Special Teams

Sunday, November 3 - Coaches

Monday, November 4 - Wide Receivers & Defensive Ends

Tuesday, November 5 - Quarterbacks & Overall Grades

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