Detroit Lions Training Camp: Position Battles Aplenty

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Dec 2, 2012; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions wide receiver Ryan Broyles (84) during the second quarter against the Indianapolis Colts at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

Wide Receiver:

Calvin Johnson, Golden Tate, ?

The No. 3 receiver position is wide open. As well as N0.4 and in a pass happy offense, No. 4 and even No. 5 will see a fair amount of playing time. The Lions usually keep five wide receivers, we’ll see if Caldwell does it that way.

In the mix for the final three spots are Ryan Broyles, Jeremy Ross (who will be the returner), Kris Durham and Kevin Ogletree, and rookie TJ Jones. Much of this decision could be based on their special teams’ ability too.

If you’re a Lions fan, the injuries that Broyles has succumb to in the previous two seasons are still fresh in your memories. Can he step up and win the No. 3 spot that rightfully should be his for the taking? Or more importantly, can he stay healthy?

Noteworhty info via Lions beat writer, Dave Birkett:

My Early Prediction: Broyles does just that. He is able to avoid injury, (at least early on) and win the third starting spot. Durham and Ogletree will likely split time at four.