Lions WR Calvin Johnson aggravated an ankle injury against Buffalo, and I’m hearing he could miss a week or two because of it.
That would probably be a smart move by Detroit coach Jim Caldwell, because in 37 snaps last week against the Jets and 28 snaps Sunday against the Bills, Johnson was invisible. Totals: three targets, three catches, 19 yards, no touchdowns.
The Lions have essentially been without Johnson the last two weeks anyway. As the story points out, it makes a lot of sense to make sure he's healthy before getting back out on the field again, even if it means missing time. Golden Tate becomes the team's WR1 and could draw tougher coverage as a result, but has excelled the past two weeks with a combined line of 15-250-1 on 19 targets. Jeremy Ross, Corey Fuller and Ryan Broyles could all be more involved with Johnson out.
Moments after Jim Schwartz was carried off the field in Detroit, Lions coach Jim Caldwell said Calvin Johnson has aggravated his sore right ankle and the team has not ruled out the possibility the injury is long term.
"I won't be certain if it's a long-term issue, but he did take a pretty good whack right there on the side of his leg," Caldwell said. "They looked at it, but they'll evaluate him further -- probably tomorrow -- and get a good look at him."
Johnson will undergo further testing in the coming days, and his status for next week's divisional game in Minnesota against the Vikings has yet to be determined. But the mention of "long term" should get owners' attention. Golden Tate could be targeted as the team's WR1 without Johnson on the field. That would leave Jeremy Ross, Corey Fuller and Ryan Broyles as guy who could see a bump up in snaps and targets.
Thursday, October 2, 2014, 6:31pm
Lions WR Golden Tate (hamstring) was added to the injury report Thursday after taking limited practice reps. Midweek downgrades are generally not good, but we’ll see what kind of work he gets on Friday. Jeremy Ross, Corey Fuller and Ryan Broyles stand to benefit if Tate can’t play. The slot receiver Broyles stands to benefit the most.
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.
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