Hunter Renfrow addition could solidify Lions' wide receiver room

The Detroit Lions have some questions at wide receiver, and Hunter Renfrow could be helpful.
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The Detroit Lions have answered many of their biggest roster questions, but a few spots linger as potential concerns as offseason work winds down.

The Lions have a chance to better assess their roster with OTAs all but done now. While there could be questions to address in the secondary or with the defensive front, the offense has far fewer concerns.

One spot that could need an addition is wide receiver. Bleacher Report's David Kenyon sees it, and in including the Lions on a list of teams who could benefit most from a late signing he focused on wide receiver.

"Even after handing big-money extensions to Jared Goff, Amon-Ra St. Brown and Penei Sewell this offseason, the Detroit Lions have $28.4 million in space for the 2024 campaign. Detroit must be careful not to stray from its long-term vision, but that available money can bolster the receiving corps."

"In fairness, yes, the market is reasonably thin at receiver. It's true that none of Michael Thomas, Hunter Renfrow or Mecole Hardman are guaranteed to make a major impact. Detroit can afford the risk, though—and the position's current outlook is practically begging for the Lions to take one."

Hardman re-signed with the Kansas City Chiefs this week, but Thomas and Renfrow remain available. While Thomas could be more of a down field threat, that might not be what the Lions need at this point in time, especially with Jameson Williams lined up to emerge in 2024.

That may leave Renfrow as the best possible option if the Lions want to add a wide receiver.

Hunter Renfrow could be ideal wide receiver signing for the Lions

The Lions are set to Josh Reynolds, who was a notable piece of their offense over the last couple seasons. Williams and Kalif Raymond are likely to see an uptick in targets, and during minicamp the competition for remaining spots

After a 1,000-yard season with the Raiders in 2021, Renfrow missed time with a concussion and was clearly not a fit with then-head coach Josh McDaniels and a new staff in 2022. Last year was a step worse, even with a midseason coaching change, as he posted 255 yards on 25 catches in 17 games. The Raiders inevitably released him.

At 28 years old, Renfrow is younger than Michael Thomas (as an example) and doesn't have anywhere near the same durability concerns.

Renfrow is the ideal kind of role player the Lions would seek at wide receiver, if they have an addition on their radar. He was also a college teammate of Lions' wide receivers coach Seth Ryan for two years at Clemson.

Renfrow would add experience to any receiving corps. For the Lions, he could be a nice fit among a thinning group of available options.


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