Dec 21, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Detroit Lions wide receiver Corey Fuller (10) before the game at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports
Why He Could Win It
He won it last year, right?
Corey Fuller has consistently shown flashed size of considerable potential since being draft in the sixth round of the 2013 NFL Draft by the Detroit Lions out of Virginia Tech University.
Last year, he stepped up and showed essentially more progress than any of the other receivers after spend his rookie season on the practice squad.
He also provides unique abilities with his speed and length. Fuller said his main focus this offseason is improving his route running.
“The whole (route) tree,” he said. “Being able to expand the routes they throw me.” – Fuller
He has also had a tremendous teacher. He goes by the name of Calvin. It should be fairly safe to assume that Fuller should be considered the front-runner for the Lions No. 3 receiver spot, however anything can still happen.
Fuller has reportedly been showing up early to team practices and events, something else coach Caldwell likely notices.
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Why He Won’t Win It
Despite the above mentioned flashes of potential, Fuller remains a developing player. His route running has to improve as well as his run blocking production.
He also only caught two passes over the final eight weeks of the season last year and two more in the playoffs, after his solid mid-season showing while filling in for Johnson.
If he can’t improve his consistency, it could prove to be his biggest downfall.
Fuller thinks he can be that third option with another fine offseason.
"“I think I had a big improvement coming in from last year to this year,” Fuller said. “If I just keep on progressing, who knows where I can go.”"
I think he is right. He ended up catching 14 passes for 212 yards and a touchdown and averaged 15.1 yards per catch as Johnson’s backup and an extra receiver in multi-receiver sets last season. He also caught eight passes for 99 yards and the winning touchdown in the Saints game.
What I’m trying to say is, the dude can play. If he continues to improve under Megatron’s wing, there is no reason to not consider him the favorite.
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