Detroit Lions' concerning roster weakness for 2023 revealed

The Lions may still have a significant roster weakness to address at wide receiver as the team heads toward the regular season.

Junfu Han / USA TODAY NETWORK
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The Detroit Lions have put the finishing touches on their initial 2023 roster, and while the team has strong depth in many places, questions do remain.

Arguably, one spot where the team might still be a bit thin is at wide receiver.

Recently, Pro Football Focus' Dalton Wasserman and Jim Wyman broke down NFL rosters in terms of strengths and weaknesses. For Detroit, they contend wide receiver is a question mark.

"After Amon-Ra St. Brown, the most receiving yards amongst returning Lions is Kalif Raymond’s 616. St. Brown will continue to be the focal point of the offense, but there are a lot of question marks amongst the rest of this group."

Dalton Wasserman and Jim Wyman, PFF

Detroit will depend on veterans like Marvin Jones and Josh Reynolds stepping up. They will also hope rookie Antoine Green can emerge to give the group some extra juice. The pressure is on St. Brown to shoulder a major load.

Jameson Williams will return from suspension in Week 7, but it's impossible to know what he will deliver. Add it up, and there are certainly more questions than answers regarding who will catch passes consistently from Jared Goff.

Lions could add veteran wide receiver to boost depth

With this in mind, the Lions could certainly look to the market soon for a veteran wide receiver.

After roster cuts, the free agency market offers a blend of young players and established veterans that help the Lions. Someone like Jarvis Landry could make sense for Detroit.

At 30, Landry's best days are behind him but he had a 72-catch season for the Browns in 2020. He also has history with John Dorsey, the former Browns' general manager who now serves as a senior personnel executive in Detroit.

Adding a player like Landry could take pressure off Detroit's current core receivers once the season gets underway, and give the team an answer at a roster spot many perceive as a lingering weakness.

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