It didn’t take long after the Detroit Lions signed Golden Tate for talk about where the team’s wide receiver duo rank against other wide receiver pairs around the league. But a receiving corps goes well beyond two wide receivers, particular for an offense with grand ideas like the Lions have.
In fact, it goes beyond just the wide receiver position. The Lions have capable receivers out of the backfield with Reggie Bush and Joique Bell and added tight end Eric Ebron in the draft. That’s without even mentioning Brandon Pettigrew, who has received his fair share of targets before re-signing with the Lions in the offseason.
Sports on Earth’s Mike Tanier ranked the NFL’s top receiving corps, placing the Lions third. Only the Denver Broncos and Cincinnati Bengals placed higher. He says, in part:
The reason the Lions got by with such terrible secondary targets in recent years was Megatron: Opponents have to double cover him constantly, unless they are happy allowing him 14 catches for 329 yards (the Cowboys strategy). That will leave Tate single covered this year, unless you split the safeties. Oops, Ebron is flying up the seam at slot receiver speeds. Pettigrew is crossing the middle. Look how many yards of open field are in front of Bell, who runs like an out-of-control riding mower, or Bush, who still has some wheels and moves. It’s a whole series of matchup nightmares. There are few teams capable of stopping the Detroit Lions. One of them, of course, is the Detroit Lions.
For more of Tanier’s explanation of why he ranked the Lions third, as well as the rest of his top ten, head to Sports on Earth.