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.