Ryan Broyles Fantasy News

Lions cut WR Kris Durham

Saturday, August 30, 2014, 1:48pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

The Lions have released a favorite receiver of Matthew Stafford. Kris Durham, a former college teammate and roommate of Stafford’s, was cut today.

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.

Fantasy Impact:
The Lions were very deep at WR in camp this year and unfortunately for Durham he's the odd man out. For now it appears to be good news for often-injury Ryan Broyles who is back healthy and has looked good.

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Friday, August 29, 2014, 9:51am

MLive - [Full Article]

Lions WR Ryan Broyles had yet another good game, hauling in three of the four balls that were thrown his way for 31 yards.

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.

Fantasy Impact:
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

MLive.com - [Full Article]

Detroit Lions receiver Ryan Broyles didn't play much early against the Jacksonville Jaguars. He didn't have a catch in any of the first three quarters.

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.

Fantasy Impact:
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

ESPN - [Full Article]

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.

Lions WR Ryan Broyles 'looking great' in the preseason

Thursday, August 21, 2014, 7:48pm

Detroit News - [Full Article]

After looking great in the first two games, Lions WR Ryan Broyles seems to be a lock for the 53-man roster. Now, Broyles has an opportunity to show just how big of a role he deserves this season.

Fantasy Impact:
Broyles could serve as the Lions WR3, which means he may be roster-worthy in larger formats.

Saturday, August 16, 2014, 8:37am

DetroitLions.com - [Full Article]

The Lions WR battle is very close behind Calvin Johnson and Golden Tate.

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.

Fantasy Impact:
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

Detroit News - [Full Article]

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

Miami Herald - [Full Article]

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."

Fantasy Impact:
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

NFL.com - [Full Article]

The Detroit Lions have a new reclamation project at wide receiver.

The Lions claimed former No. 26 overall draft pick Jon Baldwin off waivers from the San Francisco 49ers on Monday, per Mike O'Hara of the Lions' official website and the NFL transaction wire.

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.

Fantasy Impact:

Still just 25 years old, Baldwin figures to battle Ryan Broyles, Jeremy Ross, Kevin Ogletree, Kris Durham and Pat Edwards for three roster spots behind Calvin Johnson and Golden Tate.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014, 3:14am

ESPN - [Full Article]

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

ESPN - [Full Article]

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.

Ryan Broyles feeling 'no pain'

Wednesday, June 4, 2014, 2:12pm

Detroit News - [Full Article]

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.”

Fantasy Impact:
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

MLive - [Full Article]

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.

Fantasy Impact:
With the addition of Golden Tate and Eric Ebron, there isn't a ton of opportunity for Broyles at this point, though it's good to hear he's close to a full recovery.

Ryan Broyles (Achilles) participating in early workouts

Thursday, April 24, 2014, 10:39am

Detroit Lions - [Full Article]

After sitting out Tuesday’s first voluntary minicamp practice, Lions third-year receiver Ryan Broyles had a helmet and participated in drills during Wednesday’s open session to the media.

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)."

Fantasy Impact:
Broyles is fighting for snaps behind Calvin Johnson and Golden Tate. How he looks in offseason activities could help the Lions decide whether they'll draft a receiver next month.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014, 6:58pm

MLive.com - [Full Article]

Ryan Broyles ruptured his Achilles tendon while fielding a punt in an Oct. 27 win against the Dallas Cowboys, ending his season.

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.

Fantasy Impact:
Broyles figures to serve as the Lions WR3 or WR4 depending on how the depth chart shakes out after the draft.