Detroit Lions vs. New England Patriots: What to watch for

Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions (Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images)
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Ask and you shall receive

The Lions are set with their top three receivers in Kenny Golladay, Marvin Jones and Danny Amendola. With that trio unlikely to see many snaps tonight if any at all, a large group of other pass catchers will get plenty of chances to show that they deserve roster consideration.

The Lions held Stafford out of their preseason opener last year, and he could get the bubble wrap treatment again tonight. So, receivers like Travis Fulgham, Brandon Powell, Andy Jones and Chris Lacy will have to show that they can contribute while catching passes from the Lions’ backup signal callers.

Fulgham will have to prove that he can avoid drops while using his size and downfield speed. Powell is in the mix for a return job, which could boost his chances. Lacy is a raw, big-bodied target, while Jones may be the best blocker in the unit.

As with most receivers on the bubble, special teams may be their surest pathway to a roster spot. However, considering the injuries and absences that the Lions’ receiving unit endured last year, they will likely need at least one more player in the unit to show that they can help keep the offense afloat if any the starters have to miss time again.

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