WIDE RECEIVER (6)
- Calvin Johnson
- Golden Tate
- Kevin Ogletree
- Ryan Broyles
- Jeremy Ross
- Corey Fuller
- TJ Jones (PUP)
This may be one of the more surprising units when it’s all said and done. Both Kevin Ogletree and Jeremy Ross may be the early surprises in camp. Both have come out and displayed strong hands and crisp routes. He’s been working with the first team offense throughout camp so far. Ross was almost a sure lock to make the team based on his return skills, but he’s made some waves with his receiving ability early on as well. He now looks to be the 4th or 5th receiver on this team.
Even though Ryan Broyles continues to work this the second unit throughout training camp, I simply can’t see him not making the team if he’s fully healthy. He did get some reps with the first team offense as well so it may only be a matter of time before his role increases. It’s been mentioned that he may only be about 80% of his pre-injury self, but he runs excellent routes and should be a great fit as a zone beating receiver in the new offense.
Corey Fuller not only has the size for today’s NFL, but he has track speed that allows him to get past the deep defender. He struggled early with some of his routes, but he’s been making some big plays as well.
TJ Jones continues to heal from offseason shoulder surgery. He’s currently on the active PUP list and will probably remain there going into the season. This should allow the Lions to essentially stash Jones away without taking a roster spot right away.