Dec 29, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings cornerback Brandon Burton (27) runs with the ball as Detroit Lions wide receiver Kevin Ogletree (11) attempts to tackle during the third quarter at Mall of America Field at H.H.H. Metrodome. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Detroit Lions rumors: Kevin Ogletree the favorite for no. 3 wide receiver position

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We know that the Detroit Lions are not short at the wide receiver position. What we also know is that Calvin Johnson and the newly acquired Golden Tate will be the top two targets from the position. But what we don’t know is who will end up being the no. 3 option. At the moment, though, Kevin Ogletree might be the favorite to ultimately land in that spot.

According to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press, so far in training camp, Ogletree has emerged as the leading candidate for the no. 3 wide receiver position.

Kris Durham had a few drops last year, and he didn’t help his case to the third receiver this fall when he dropped an easy touchdown pass after running by Bill Bentley in one-on-ones. Kevin Ogletree has emerged as the favorite to be the No. 3 receiver. Jim Caldwell said today he likes Ogletree’s sure hands.

It always helps to have the backing of your head coach, so it seems as if Ogletree will be the one lending a hand to Tate and Johnson when the regular season rolls around.

Last season was the first year for Ogletree with the Lions, and during that lackluster 2013 campaign, he caught 13 balls for 199 yards and a touchdown in 12 games.

But as Birkett also noted in his report, there might not be much need for a no. 3 receiver in this Lions offense.

Sticking with receivers, the Lions probably won’t use three-receiver sets as much this year as they have in the past. During one installation period today, they had three receivers on the field for just two of 10 plays. They used two running backs six times, and the addition of Eric Ebron means they’ll play two tight ends together quite a bit this fall.

So time will tell just how big Ogletree’s role will be.

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