Aug 22, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson (81) during the game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports
Starters: Calvin Johnson, Golden Tate
Reserves: Ryan Broyles, Jeremy Ross, Kevin Ogletree, Corey Fuller
Practice Squad: Andrew Peacock
Last year the Lions get a solid C at wide receiver only because of Megatron’s presence alone. Without Calvin, they’d receive an F-minus. The Lions have so desperately needed a #2 wide receiver the past couple years and they finally went out and retrieved one through free agency, netting former Seattle Seahawk Golden Tate.
With the First Pick
Behind Johnson and Tate there is a little bit of uncertainty at the position. Broyles was very impressive during the preseason, but I wouldn’t recommend putting all of your eggs in his basket after coming back from yet another significant lower-body injury. As for Jeremy Ross, he was the only other lock to make this roster due to his guaranteed role as the Lions’ return specialist.
Corey Fuller has come a long way since last year. As a sixth-round draft pick, Fuller struggled mightily during camp and was not able to get any separation from defenders at all. He made a strong case to make the final roster this year and obviously it paid for him.
You can really get a sense of how much deeper the position is this year when you consider the fact that Durham was labeled as the #2 receiver behind Megatron last year, and now you have Fuller (the sixth receiver) knocking Durham off the roster entirely.