Ryan Broyles Fantasy News
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.
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Ryan Broyles feeling 'no pain'
Wednesday, June 4, 2014, 2:12pm
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.
Ryan Broyles (Achilles) participating in early workouts
Thursday, April 24, 2014, 10:39am
Broyles is in the middle of his third consecutive offseason rehabbing a major leg injury.
He tore an ACL as a senior at Oklahoma, tore the other ACL as a rookie and ruptured an Achilles tendon last season. He’s has played in 16 games in two years with 30 catches, 395 yards and two touchdowns.
"I know the deal with the Lions right now and you feel like you have a deadline because there's guys counting on you, especially coming in from the second round," Broyles told detroitlions.com earlier this offseason. "I feel like I have to go in there and prove something and maybe I did that a little bit before my body was ready (last year)."
Wednesday, April 9, 2014, 6:58pm
Five months later, he was cleared by doctors to rejoin the Detroit Lions for the start of voluntary conditioning this week. And that's huge news for him.
The receiver has missed 16 games through his first two seasons in the league, and the Lions, who once thought Broyles would be a complement to Calvin Johnson, could be looking to revamp their starting lineup.
Broyles figures to serve as the Lions WR3 or WR4 depending on how the depth chart shakes out after the draft.
Sunday, October 27, 2013, 7:54pm
Broyles wasn't helping a lot of fantasy teams, but he's a guy who has had to bounce back from many major injuries. He clearly wasn't 100-percent this season even though the hope was he'd play a significant role on a pass-happy team. Hopefully we hear from Broyles in 2014...
Beat: 'No leash' on Ryan Broyles in Week 4
Wednesday, September 25, 2013, 11:18am
Receiver Ryan Broyles was on a short leash in his season debut against the Redskins. The coaches were trying to let him gradually get his legs under him after he came off a second major knee surgery last December.
There will be no leash this week. With Nate Burleson (broken arm) out, Broyles likely will start and get most of the work in the slot.
“Yeah, just go out and produce,” he said. “I am definitely ready. I feel good.”
Broyles, who had three catches for 34 yards, said he felt like he has cleared all his mental and physical hurdles.
Nate Burleson got off to a pretty hot start (19-239) and was the #29 WR in PPR formats before breaking his arm in an automobile accident. If Broyles can handle the snaps, he certainly has that kind of upside.
Nate Burleson breaks arm in car accident
Tuesday, September 24, 2013, 9:53am
Obviously a huge loss for the Lions, but this means Ryan Broyles will given a chance to step in as the WR2 in what's a heavy passing offense in Detroit. He was on a snap count last week in his return, but that could quickly evaporate with this news. HC Jim Schwartz commented after the game that every time Broyles gets snaps he makes plays so the team has confidence in him to take over that spot.
Ryan Broyles may be active in Week 3
Friday, September 20, 2013, 10:11am
Lions OC Scott Linehan said the coaches and the medical staff have walked the line between not easing Ryan Broyles in and not rushing him back. But he has progressed so much in the last couple of weeks, there doesn’t seem to be physical reason to hold him back.
“He’s chomping the bit,” Linehan said. “He’s a true competitor and he wants to be out there. But he also knows that there has been a plan and he’s been through it. He’s been on track the same way, but the last two weeks he’s looked more and more like he’s ready to go.”
Whether coach Jim Schwartz is ready to activate him won’t be determined until Saturday.
“This is a big week,” Linehan said. “With Pat (Edwards, receiver) banged up a little bit right now, Ryan has stepped up his role and his reps this week. He’s definitely close, and if called upon, he’s ready.”
Broyles said he knows he’s not ready to play 30 or 40 snaps in a game, but believes he is close to full strength.
“My time’s coming, though,” he said. “I’m going repetition after repetition (in practice), so I have done everything and I am gaining speed to this point.”
Broyles was one of fantasy's favorite sleepers heading into drafts but he's been inactive the first two weeks. The Lions say it's not for physical reasons, but that makes little sense. They are obviously being careful with the knee, but with Edwards possibly sidelined with an ankle injury, Broyles may get his chance this week.