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Detroit Lions — Ryan Broyles' preseason success doesn't guarantee roster spot

The Lions will have to make some tough roster decisions by Saturday’s deadline to get the roster to 53 men.

One of those positions is at wide receiver. 

Now that Ryan Broyles is healthy — will he make the team? Coach Jim Caldwell pointed out on Saturday that every catch that Broyles has made in the three preseason games has been for a first down.

After Calvin Johnson, Golden Tate and Jeremy Ross (return specialist) there are no clear-cut winners.

Kris Durham played with the starters in the first half in the win over the Jaguars on Friday, but he didn’t have a reception. Neither did Kevin Ogletree.

Broyles didn’t get in the game until late, but had three catches for 44 yards in the fourth-quarter drive that led to the one-yard touchdown by George Winn.

Coach Jim Caldwell said there were a few reasons Broyles didn’t get in until late.
“Calvin was in there, that’s one reason. One pretty tall reason, fast reason. And Golden (Tate) on the other side,’’ Caldwell said. “You know, obviously there’s one ball and we can’t get it to everyone. 

“But, one thing of note about (Broyles) is — every ball that he’s caught he’s got a first down. He’s been active, he’s played well and played tough. So we’ve been pleased with him. But, you know it’s a tough battle out there at that spot. There are a lot of guys doing well. We don’t have easy decisions at that spot,'' Caldwell added.

Last year the Lions kept six wide receivers. It seems more likely that they will keep five this year due to the addition of tight end Eric Ebron. Durham has the experience — he made the roster in 2013 — and a comfort level with Matthew Stafford dating back to their college careers at Georgia.

Broyles, a second-round pick in 2012, missed most of his first two seasons with serious injuries — a torn ACL in 2012 and a torn Achilles’ last year.

“I think you can see that he feels good about where he is physically. I think you can see the results,’’ Caldwell said. “He’s got his explosion. I don’t exactly know what he looked like up close and personal before his injuries, but since the spring you can see that he has spring in his step.

“He has an unusual knack of being able to split two defenders with speed and power. His hands are reliable. So, you know he’s doing a nice job,’’ Caldwell said.

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Blogger Gregory Woodward said...

Drop ogletree keep broyles

1:33 PM 
Blogger Gregory Woodward said...

I really don't care if you hate me for this comment... Drop ogletree drop Orlovsky drop leshoure drop pettigrew I know my lions more than this new coaching staff. They finally answered my prayers by dropping chump Houston if they do what I'm asking I'm telling u they're suhper bowl bound!

1:37 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ogletree must go...Broyles stays if healthy .. Also agree that Orlovski should go too... Keep Moore he deserves it and is very accurate may not have the deep arm .. But if stafford were to get hurt he could run the short pass offense very effectively .. Orlovski had never won at any level...

2:37 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They should use Ross and number 1# as the
Number 3 and 4 reciever that number one
Is faster stronger and more physical broyles is slower
No break away speed like the other two
Maybe keep fuller as well plus number one
Would be a good backup return guy he is more
Valuable the broyles he can do more and he also
Is a better. Athlete with breakaway speed at the three
Spot not just a possession receiver like broyles

5:02 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I will be massively disappointed if Broyles does not make the roster especially since I've been pleased with almost all the decisions the new staff has made this offseason.
Broyles has proved he can be a difference maker in the past catching something like 6 passes for 136 yards against Houston and he looks back to form if not better. If I had to rank the receivers from what I have seen thus far in preseason I would rank them:
Tate, Broyles, Durham, Peacock, Fuller, Ogletree, Ross.
I'd have Peacock then Fuller the first to be cut though since most of their action has been with 2nd and 3rd stringers.
CJ is left off the list since he only played a couple snaps and there really is no competition.

8:43 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lions need a play makers, Ogletree not a play maker. Broyles is a play maker. They would be making a mistake if they let him go. This will be a test to the new coaching staff.

10:48 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lions need a play makers, Ogletree not a play maker. Broyles is a play maker. They would be making a mistake if they let him go. This will be a test to the new coaching staff.

10:49 PM 
Blogger Terry Welsh said...

Being as Durham is Stafford's buddy I'm Stafford is putting his two cents worth in.

10:49 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Broyles deserves a spot. It should be these 5 to make the team.
If they take 6 then Fuller would make that spot.

10:02 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kris Durham stinks.. He was TERRIBLE last year as a starter. I think Ogletree has more upside than Durham but he's not a world beater either.

12:30 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If Stafford pouts trade him too!!
FUller would be claimed by the world champion Seahawks as their 6th WR and that's a big complement because you can't hide athletes

2:09 PM 

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