Aug 15, 2014; Oakland, CA, USA; Detroit Lions wide receiver Golden Tate (15) reacts after catching touchdown pass against the Oakland Raiders in the first quarter at O.co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports
Wide Receiver (6)
- Calvin Johnson
- Golden Tate
- Ryan Broyles
- Jeremy Ross
- Kevin Ogletree
- Kris Durham
- TJ Jones (PUP)
Let’s start with the locks. Calvin Johnson and Golden Tate aren’t going anywhere, and Jeremy Ross is penciled in as the starting kick/punt returner.
Barring any injury, Broyles will stake his claim as the number three receiver and main slot option for the Detroit Lions.
After two solid preseason game performances from Ryan Broyles, he’s looking more and more like what the Lions hoped to get out of him as a second-round draft pick. Barring any injury, Broyles will stake his claim as the number three receiver and main slot option for the Detroit Lions.
The other couple of spots are up for grabs and they’ll likely be fought out between Kevin Ogletree, Kris Durham, and Corey Fuller, with Andrew Peacock being a prime practice squad candidate.
Depending on what the Lions are looking for, I believe Ogletree will remain on the roster due to his ability to play both outside as well as in the slot. The final position will be between the two tall deep threats in Fuller and Durham.
Though Durham didn’t have the strongest camp, he had an impressive performance against the Raiders, including a spectacular touchdown catch after being mugged in the end zone. He continues to see reps with the first-team offense while Megatron gets some rest. This leads me to believe that the coaching staff trusts in his ability, while Fuller has another year of eligibility on the practice squad.