With Ryan Broyles, it has been talks of promise and then talks about his injuries, three straight injuries to his knees, to be exact. Broyles might not be as quick and explosive as he once was, however currently leading the Detroit Lions with 8 catches for 118 yards, he is showing the signs of good solid receiver to add to the tandem of Calvin Johnson and Golden Tate.
Coach Jim Caldwell was asked about Ryan Broyles preseason performance thus far, to which we got a glowing response. “No. 1 it tells you that the quarterbacks like him and they can depend on him in that situation, and he delivers,” Caldwell said. “But also shows you that he’s got a real knack for it because he had to operate against several different coverages. So he’s got a good sense of where he is and how to get open, and then how to certainly the surge and determination to get first downs. I think you can see that he feels good about where he is physically,” Caldwell said. “And I think you can see the results. He’s got his explosion. I don’t know exactly what he looked like up close and personal before his injuries, but since the spring you can see that he’s got spring in his step. He’s got an unusual knack of being able to split two defenders with speed and power. And his hands are reliable. So, he’s doing a nice job.”
Ryan Broyles is currently in a heated battle with Kris Durham, Corey Fuller and Kevin Ogletree to fill out the roster. Which will either be two from that group or three, that remains to be seen. The Lions have already made some moves in roster cuts here as noted by Travis Newville.
One thing about the roster at wide receiver for the Detroit Lions, it should be an entertaining one with players in any position able to catch and run the ball.
Can Broyles continue to stay healthy and make plays for the Lions and make the roster? The last “audition” will be later this week as the Lions wrap up their preseason on Thursday night, August 28th against the Buffalo Bills.