Detroit Lions passing game weapons given dismal ranking by Pro Football Focus

It's not all that shocking, but Pro Football Focus has given the Detroit Lions passing game options a pretty dismal ranking.

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Outside of Amon-Ra St. Brown, there are certainly question marks in the Detroit Lions' wide receiver group. Jameson Williams is an exciting unknown quantity, at least in theory, now serving a six-game suspension to start the season for violating the NFL's gambling policy. Marvin Jones and Josh Reynolds are recognizable veterans, who will be relied on to make a noticeable impact when called upon.

Extending out to the Lions' tight ends, rookie Sam LaPorta looks very promising. But the list of rookie tight ends who have put up big numbers in their first year is not long. So there's something of a question mark there too.

No wonder there's so much out there about the Lions possibly making a move for a notable wide receiver, or almost any experienced wide receiver, heading toward training camp. Depth at the position, as recently and prominently mentioned by Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press, is a legit concern.

As expected, Detroit Lions passing game weapons get dismal ranking from PFF

It was easy to quarrel with where Pro Football Focus ranked the Lions' running back group recently. It's harder to take issue with where the site ranked the Lions' passing game weapons.

Down the list, at No. 23 and bottom-10 in the league, is the Lions on PFF's ranking of the league's receiving corps. But the brief analysis from Trevor Sikkema makes an effort to be complementary of, and optimistic about, the situation while not mentioning Williams or rookie running back Jahmyr Gibbs.

"Amon-Ra St. Brown took a step into the elite category, earning a 90.4 receiving grade last season. Detroit moved on from T.J. Hockenson via trade in the middle of last year, but they have Marvin Jones Jr., Josh Reynolds and added rookie Sam LaPorta, who is sure to be a decent part of their passing game."

Without St. Brown, the Lions' receiving corps would probably have landed in the bottom-five of the league for PFF heading into the 2023 season. If they make a noteworthy addition a revision will be necessary, but as of right now the Lions' group of receiving options is pretty much appropriately ranked.

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