DETROIT — Jim Caldwell and his three coordinators faced plenty of good questions at the season ticket holders’ town hall meeting on Tuesday night.
So you know one question that went to offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi.
You do know, right?
Yes, of course he was asked about wide receiver Ryan Broyles.
Broyles, a second-round draft pick in 2012, played in five games in 2014 with just two catches for 25 yards total. He played well in the preseason games but had a hard time getting on the field on Sundays.
Before he was drafted he suffered a torn ACL at Oklahoma. Then in his first season with the Lions he suffered the same injury to his other knee. Then in 2013 he tore his Achilles in Week 8.
“I think he’s a guy you have a lot of respect for because he’s had three major injuries and fought his way back,’’ Lions offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi said on Tuesday night.
Broyles has to prove in OTAs that he has explosiveness.
“When he’s been in there he’s been productive. We’re excited to see where he is now after a full season of not coming back from an injury,’’ Lombardi added. “He’s had a full year to be healthy we’re excited to see what he does in the offseasaon.’’
Coach Jim Caldwell said weeks ago that this is a big offseason for Broyles.
“I’m not sure I really know who the player is at his best because he was coming off an injury,’’ Lombardi said. “I think we’re going to see that this year.’’