The 2012 second round pick is expected to start the season off slowly as he’ll only be featured in a handful of packages, though, as the year continues to go on the Lions expect his role to grow on the team.
The Lions don’t have many other big-play threats in the receiving corps, but for offensive coordinator Scott Linehan the sum is greater than the parts. Nate Burleson is coming off a broken leg, but he still can be effective in the slot. Ryan Broyles is recovering from a torn anterior cruciate ligament. His role could grow as the season progresses. Patrick Edwards adds speed on the outside. And Kris Durham is a big body with good hands who the Lions can deploy in the red zone.
Broyles is the most talented Lions wide receiver on the roster, outside of Calvin Johnson, so assuming he doesn’t have any limitations he should be second in command once he gets his feet under him again.