Returning from his second ACL surgery in less than three years, detroit lions jerseys cheap wide receiver Ryan Broyles predicted in June that he would be back to full speed for the start of the season.
While Broyles insists he's "mentally, 100 percent," he conceded that his knee "thinks different from day to day."
"Your body shows up some days and some days it doesn't," Broyles recently told the cheap detroit lions jerseys' official website. "This has been one of the most challenging things of my life, coming off two ACLs. I'm out here trying to compete at a high level."
Originally expected to open the season as the primary slot receiver, Broyles spent the preseason playing with the second- and third-team offenses.
The Detroit Free Press believes Nate Burleson will open the season in the slot, with offseason and training-camp sensation Patrick Edwards entering opposite Calvin Johnson in three-wide sets.
We wouldn't rush to add Edwards in fantasy football leagues just yet. He's struggled at times with drops and getting off of jams at the line of scrimmage, while being outplayed by former Broncos receiver Matt Willis in preseason action.
Until Edwards proves that he's more than just a practice all-star, the cheap lions jerseys have a depth chart full of question marks behind Johnson and Burleson.
Torn ACL's are no joke to come back from. They take hard work, dedication, and lots of pain. It is a situation Detroit Lions wide receiver Ryan Broyles knows all to well.
Broyles is currently recovering from his second ACL surgery in less than 3 years. While Broyles claims that he is fully recovered mentally, he admits that some days are better than others physically.
The Detroit Free Press is reporting that Broyles will be second team behind Calvin Johnson, Patrick Edwards, and slot man Nate Burleson. Broyles typically plays in the slot but has worked mostly with the second and third teams through the preseason.
Apparently the lions jerseys cheap are high on Patrick Edwards, who has performed well in practices throughout the preseason. Edwards finished with 7 catches for 49 yards. The speedy Edwards needs to work on curing a mild case of the drops and getting off the line better.
Edwards may not be a hot commodity in the fantasy market yet, but any receiver would envy the opportunity to play across from Megatron and all of the attention that opposing defenses are going to send his way. Burleson stands to profit from Johnson as well playing in the slot.
Ever since the news broke that injury-plagued wideout Ryan Broyles was recovering brilliantly from a torn ACL, almost everyone assumed that he would step in and serve as the Detroit Lions number two wide receiver.
Well, you know what happens when you assume…
Instead, all of the Lions roster is praising rookie wide receiver Patrick Edwards. After a very impressive camp, as well as a solid preseason outing, Edwards appears to be the favorite to land the number two spot outside of Calvin Johnson. The Detroit Free Press reported that Edwards "will see see plenty of playing time outside of Johnson." At 5'9″, 175 pounds, Edwards has dangerous speed, but according to the article, he "has to get off the line better." One of Edwards' teammates that knows a thing or two about receiving is quite high on the 24-year old.
"Patrick Edwards is playing helluva ball right now," Burleson said. "He was my dark horse last year before he tweaked his hamstring. He's not so much of a dark house now. He's just a guy who needs to prove he can stay healthy and consistent with his play, and I guarantee he will be a big-time playmaker for us this year."
From a fantasy perspective, I agree with Burleson. Edwards has the skills and opportunity to be a playmaker for both the Lions, as well as fantasy owners. Obviously, playing alongside a guy like Calvin is very beneficial for his success. Megatron is by far the best receiver in the game right now and will draw boatloads of double teams, which will allow the speedy Edwards to see a ton of single coverage. And of course, no team in the league throws the football around as much as the Lions. Quarterback Matthew Stafford will continue to play (in the words of the great Nathan Zegura) a little "huck-chuck football", having thrown the ball a whopping 1,390 times over the past two seasons alone. Edwards will strongly benefit from that volume. As for number two receivers in Detroit over the last few seasons, there hasn't been a ton of fantasy relevance, but again, the volume is there. In 2011 and 2009, Burleson saw over 100 targets in both seasons. In 2009, even Bryant Johnson saw a respectable 87 targets. There is a lot of fantasy potential for wide receivers who line up across Calvin Johnson in this high-octane offense.
I'm also a believer in the talent, despite going undrafted this past April. Many say that Edwards reminds them of T.Y. Hilton, and if you ask me, that's an awesome comparison. I mean, can you imagine a guy like Hilton in an offense like the Lions? I've recently moved Edwards all the way up to number 72 in my wide receiver rankings, and to be honest, as the season progresses, I believe that ranking can continue to climb upwards. He's definitely worth a late-round flier.
That designation might seem odd when you consider the relative youth of the Lions' primary players. You also might not be interested in a ranking where the full range of age differences is only a few years. In sifting through the Lions' roster, however, the culprit -- if you consider an "old" roster a bad thing -- is a big group of veteran backups.
By my count, the Lions have nine projected reserve players whose ages range between 30 and 33 years old. Six are newcomers to the roster and three -- defensive tackle Justin Bannan, linebacker Rocky McIntosh and defensive back Rashean Mathis -- were signed two weeks ago.
On the one hand, it makes sense to have veteran backups when you have some young starters. If right guard Larry Warford struggles, the Lions could replace him with Dylan Gandy (31) or even Leroy Harris (29). If Darius Slay needs more seasoning, the Lions could replace him with Mathis (33).
McIntosh (30) is available to spell any of the Lions' three starting linebackers. Israel Idonije (33) will back up rookie defensive end Ziggy Ansah, while Bannan (34) and C.J. Mosley (30) will provide depth for Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley.
On the other hand, we discussed earlier the Lions' draft issues in the past five years. One of the reasons they needed veteran depth is the inability to develop it on their own. Signing veteran backups also makes it difficult to plan long-term and orderly transitions at certain positions.
Regardless, the team the Lions have on the field at any given point will be a nice blend of young and middle-aged players. If you look at their starters on offense, defense and special teams, you really only see five who are 30 and older. Three of those are on special teams -- place-kicker David Akers (38), long-snapper Don Muhlbach (32) and returner Micheal Spurlock (30).
So I'm not sure there is reason to panic here. But if nothing else, now you know why the Lions rank atop Sando's age rankings.
As news of the Detroit Lions' roster moves trickled out Saturday, I saw a plenty of references on Twitter to Martin Mayhew's drafts over the past five years. The Lions' cutdown to 53 included three more of Mayhew's draft picks, leaving 21 of his 38 picks over the span of five drafts still on the roster.
I tweeted out that number with no context. Many of you asked the fair question: What does that number mean? How does it compare to other teams and general managers?
For the most part, I think it's difficult to find an apples-to-apples comparison because of the varying team-building philosophies in the NFL. Some teams value quantity of draft picks, leading to higher raw numbers. Some general managers start off with better rosters than others, impacting the chances of draft picks making the team. You could make the argument that undrafted rookie signings should fall into the same category. There is also the question of quality: who is starting and who is a backup? We could go on.
So what I decided to do is draw up a comparison between the Lions/Mayhew and the team that most NFL observers consider the most draft-driven in the league. I think we can all agree that under general manager Ted Thompson, the Green Bay Packers have almost exclusively built through the draft -- especially during the most recent five-year period that matches up with Mayhew's tenure with the Lions.
So what do we make of all this? In some cases, frankly, I was surprised to see the numbers as close as they were. No team is more committed to the draft than the Packers, and their roster hit rate in recent years hasn't been much better than the Lions'. The biggest distinction might be in depth: The Packers have 16 backup players that they have drafted, while the Lions have 10.
I would agree that Mayhew's drafts have fallen short in some areas. The Lions haven't had a good success rate in turning mid-to-late-round draft picks into solid backups and special-teams players. In fact, only three players taken below the second round between 2009-11 are still with the team.
It's also true that a few of Mayhew's high-profile risks have blown up, most notably running back Jahvid Best and receiver Titus Young. (Best had a concussion history in college, while Young was considered a character concern by many teams.)
But like many things, you can probably find a combination of figures to support any argument you wish to make. What this exercise helps us realize is that every team has draft failures, no team hits on all of them and there are various mitigating circumstances.
In this era, the responsibility for success of draft picks doesn't fall solely on the general manager. The speed with which these players are often asked to contribute puts a premium on development from coaches, something I think Packers coach Mike McCarthy and his staff deserve credit for. Consider this: 51 of the 53 players on the Packers' current roster have never taken a snap for another NFL team.
The Lions' roster was so bare when Mayhew took over in 2009 that it should have been easier for his draft picks to make the team than it was for, say, the Packers'. I get that argument. In the end, however, it's a lot more difficult than it sounds.