The Detroit Lions turned ten draft picks into ten players, and filled some depth chart holes in the process. With the bulk of free agency over, and the draft in the background, the team has an improved roster heading into the 2016 NFL season.
The Lions lost one of the NFL’s best wide receiver of the modern era when Calvin Johnson retired suddenly following the 2015 season. Detroit followed up by signing former Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Marvin Jones to a massive 5-Year deal. Yet, neither Jones nor Lions receiver Golden Tate have what it takes to be a true number one receiver.
Many questioned the decisions the Lions made by not selecting a single wide receiver in the draft. It will be interesting to see how the offense opens up with the receiving corps the team has in place.
As it sits, the Lions will head into the new season with Golden Tate and Marvin Jones out wide, TJ Jones, Jeremy Kerley, newly signed Andre Caldwell, Corey Fuller, Corey Washington and Austin Willis. That lineup does not jump off the page.
The Lions did sign a group of undrafted free agent wide receivers who could have a shot to make the roster during training camp. Competing for those jobs are Jace Billingsley out of Eastern Oregon, Quinshad Davis from North Carolina and Baylor Bear receiver Jay Lee.
Among the names still available in free agency are Andre Johnson, Anquan Boldin, Roddy White, Malcom Floyd and Greg Jennings. While those players are past their prime, they could all potentially earn a role within the Lions offense.
Also look for Detroit to keep an eye on the waiver wire as other teams trim down their rosters during training camp.