Part of the Lions solution at WR last year was 6-foot-6 receiver Kris Durham, who played in all 16 games last season. Durham, in his fourth season out of Georgia, had 38 catches for 490 yards and two touchdowns last season. That was a huge jump from 2012, when he saw action in just four games and had eight grabs for 125 yards and a score.
After Nate Burleson’s injury and a lack of depth last year, Durham was pressed into a larger role in the offense. With Burleson’s departure to the Browns, the Lions made room to acquire Golden Tate in the offseason. Kevin Ogletree, who was acquired in the middle of the season, has helped with depth. In the draft, the Lions picked T.J. Jones in the sixth round, making for a crowded receiving corps.
That has made it tougher for Durham to hold off some of the younger receivers on the depth chart. Durham has had a solid training camp, but the decisions on which receivers to keep will be tough for first-year coach Jim Caldwell.