Monday, September 8, 2014, 5:51pm
Wednesday, September 3, 2014, 2:37pm
Lions WR Kevin Ogletree has spent the entire preseason working with the first group, but his hold on the starting slot receiver position seems a bit tenuous. Ryan Broyles has had a very strong preseason and appears to be at least pushing Ogletree at the spot. Same with Jeremy Ross, who can play both spots, and possibly even Fuller, who would be an intriguing option there.
Durham played well at times for the Lions, but when Detroit signed Golden Tate this offseason there was one less roster spot available for a wide receiver, and it appears that Durham will lose the numbers game to be one of the backups behind Tate and Calvin Johnson.
Friday, August 29, 2014, 9:51am
Broyles finished the preseason with a team-best 11 catches for 144 yards, seemingly doing more than enough to make the team. But his reps are a bit curious. He never repped much with the ones, and even against Buffalo, he was out there playing with the third-stringers late in the fourth quarter.
We have Broyles penciled in as the team's WR3, but as the article states, he hasn't played much with the starters.
Sunday, August 24, 2014, 1:42pm
Then he made a 25-yarder. First down. Then a 9-yarder. First down. Then a 10-yarder. First down at the 1-yard line.
And Detroit scored the game-winning touchdown one play later.
Broyles is coming back from a third consecutive season-ending injury, a ruptured Achilles tendon that ended his 2013 season after just six games. He's played just 16 games since Detroit selected him in the second round of the 2012 draft. But, he's making the Lions think about their choices at WR. Calvin Johnson, Golden Tate and Jeremy Ross are locks. Broyles, Kevin Ogletree and Kris Durham seem like good bets behind the big three.
Friday, August 22, 2014, 12:41pm
One of the tightest competitions in camp has been at receiver, where the Lions have depth and some hard decisions to make after Calvin Johnson and Golden Tate. Seeing how much Kevin Ogletree, Kris Durham, Ryan Broyles, Corey Fuller and Jeremy Ross work into the receiver rotation with Stafford could give an indication as to which receivers are in line for the other roster spots. Ross will make the team as a returner, but the other four players are probably fighting for two-to-three spots. A big game with the first unit could make a difference in a really tight battle.
Broyles could serve as the Lions WR3, which means he may be roster-worthy in larger formats.
Saturday, August 16, 2014, 8:37am
Jeremy Ross has likely already cemented his spot on the roster with his return ability, but two catches for 42 yards Friday night showed coaches he could make some plays in the passing game, too
Ryan Broyles continued his strong training camp. He caught three passes last week and caught two more Friday night, including a 34-yarder with 32 yards in run after the catch.
Kris Durham went up and caught a 50/50 ball in the end zone for a touchdown on the Lions’ second possession of the game. Durham used his 6-foot-6 frame to his advantage and just muscled the ball away from the defender.
Corey Fuller nearly scored on a 15-yard catch down to the 1-yard line in the third quarter. It was nearly his second touchdown in as many weeks.
The WR3 role in Detroit could have some limited fantasy value in certain leagues, so it's a battle worth monitoring.
Thursday, August 14, 2014, 10:45pm
Last week Lions WR Ryan Broyles caught all three of his targets for 27 yards, and two of his receptions converted first downs. Although injuries have hurt during his first two years, Broyles has always shown an ability to get open, and more production in exhibitions would help him earn a bigger role in 2014.
Tuesday, August 12, 2014, 8:28am
When the Lions split up to maximize reps throughout training camp, WR Ryan Broyles generally has been slotted with the "B" group, consisting mostly of younger players unlikely to be on the roster at the start of the regular season.
Broyles has kept his head up through the process, even though he has appeared to be drifting toward becoming an afterthought.
"I don't even worry about it," he said. "To be honest, I just try to better myself. I do things after practice. I work with the guys during practice as well. At the end of the day, I just have to worry about what I can do to prepare myself to be a better player tomorrow."
In Saturday's preseason opener, playing just 19 offensive snaps during the 13-12 win over the Cleveland Browns, Broyles managed to catch three passes for 27 yards. The willingness and ability to fight for extra yardage, less than 10 months after tearing his Achilles, signifies Broyles is feeling healthy and on his way to re-establishing himself as the playmaking receiver the Lions selected in the second round in 2012. Broyles is still battling his way up the depth chart, but is someone to keep an eye on as team's tend to try to stick with their draft picks as long as possible.
Monday, August 4, 2014, 8:28pm
The Detroit Lions have a new reclamation project at wide receiver.
Baldwin drew Vincent Jackson-like comparisons for his size and leaping ability coming out of Pitt, but he's struggled to get off the jam and separate from coverage in three NFL seasons.
Wednesday, July 30, 2014, 3:14am
One of the players making a big early impression in a position of competition is Lions wide receiver Kevin Ogletree. Tucked in a tight battle with Kris Durham, Ryan Broyles, Jeremy Ross and Corey Fuller for receiving spots behind Calvin Johnson and Golden Tate, Ogletree has spent time with the top unit both days as the No. 3 receiver. This comes on top of offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi singling him out during the spring as someone who impressed him. Ogletree has speed as well as the ability to make catches both over the middle and the sideline. Johnson, meanwhile, called Ogletree “smooth” when discussing him Tuesday.
Monday, June 16, 2014, 1:44pm
This was the spring of Lions WR Jeremy Ross. He will make the roster at least as the team’s returner but probably showed enough during the spring to at least enter training camp with a good shot at being the team’s third or fourth receiver. Another surprise was Ryan Broyles, who if he can stay healthy could end up making a contribution in the fall. He isn’t a roster lock yet, but will certainly get some opportunities. The competition for the third (or fourth) outside receiver will be one to watch in the fall.
Nobody expected Ryan Broyles to be an active participant in the Lions’ offseason training program, not even Broyles himself. Coming off surgery to repair a torn Achilles tendon -- which came a year after ACL surgery, which was preceded by ACL surgery on the other knee the year before that -- the ambitious hope was he’d be ready for training camp in August.
So it’s a tribute to his dedication and diligence and a testament to his desire to be the productive slot receiver the Lions thought he would be when they drafted him in the second round in 2012 that he has been there every day of the offseason program.
“Yeah, I am, to be honest,” Broyles said when asked if he was surprised at the pace of his recovery. “I hit it hard, therapy, back home in Texas. I came out here, and they’re still pacing me out right now. I’m going to be on a number count, but it feels good to be out where with no pain. That’s the best feeling.”
Wait. No pain?
“No pain,” he said. “I’m still building up my strength. My left calf is a little smaller than my right one, but I think in the next coupler months I’ll feel pretty good.”
Broyles can't be counted upon in fantasy leagues at this point, though he's worth monitoring as the potential starting slot receiver in what should be a pass-heavy offense under OC Joe Lombardi.
Monday, May 26, 2014, 12:24pm
General manager Martin Mayhew said earlier this offseason that WR Ryan Broyles attacks rehab harder than just about any player he has ever seen, and that regimen has Broyles closing in on a full recovery.
He participated in the Lions' first round of OTAs this week, both at receiver and kick returner. And that was enough to put a smile on his face.
"I'm gettin' right, man. I really am," Broyles told MLive after Wednesday's practice.
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