The Detroit Lions have shown as of late, that they are not happy with their options or depth at the wide receiver position. On Monday the Lions added another big body wideout when they claimed former San Francisco 49er and first-round pick Jon Baldwin off waivers.
Baldwin is the second receiver added by Detroit since training camp kicked off last week. They also picked up Quintin Peyton formally of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last Tuesday. Both receivers stand 6-foot-4.
Baldwin was the 26th pick in the first-round of the 2011 NFL Draft by the Kansas City Chiefs. Baldwin’s career never took off however, as he has caught only 44 passes for 607 yards in three seasons. He caught three passes for 28 yards while with the 49ers last year.
It will be a challenge for Baldwin to make Detroit’s final 53 man roster. With training camp still in the early stages, four receivers out of a likely six are a lock to make the roster.
Calvin Johnson and Golden Tate are numbers one and two. Special teams ace Jeremy Ross isn’t going anywhere and second-year Lion Kevin Ogletree has impressed coaches with his solid play in this years camp. That essentially leaves two spots open.
Broyles is returning from a second season ending injury in just two years and will likely compete with Jones and Peacock who have a similar build and skillset. Given that Baldwin stands 6-foot-4 he will likely be competing with fellow big body guys, Fuller and Durham for the last receiver spot on the roster.
Though Durham spent a majority as the Lions No. 2 in the wake of the Nate Burleson injury, I’m giving the nod to Fuller early on.