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Aug 9, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions wide receiver Corey Fuller (10) celebrates his touchdown with teammates during the fourth quarter against the Cleveland Browns at Ford Field. Detroit won 13-12. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

4. Corey Fuller, WR

Detroit Lions second-year wide receiver, Corey Fuller certainly took full advantage of his opportunity to shine last week vs. the Browns. Players are looking for opportunities to set themselves apart from the pack and catching the game-winning touchdown in the first preseason game is a pretty good way to do that.

“I think that’s what everyone is saying, I’m doing a better job of getting into my route, so I would definitely say stretching the field.” – Fuller, week one post-game

Fuller’s confidence entering this season is much greater than it was in his rookie season of a year ago, and rightfully so. Fuller spent a majority of the 2013 campaign on the Lions practice squad, learning and developing as much as possible so that he would be ready to go when the Lions called him up to the big leagues.

Fuller’s continued progression comes at an essential time for the former Virginia Tech stand out as the competition is tight for wideouts in Detroit this year. Fuller has good size at 6-foot-2, 200 pounds and he’s proven all offseason that he can stretch the field, which is what the Lions want in this offense.

The catch Fuller made to win the game Saturday night is the same catch he’s made over and over again at training camp.

"“The quarterbacks have loved throwing to Corey and obviously he’s done a tremendous job,” Kellen Moore said. “He’s developed a lot. He’s a lot more physical and confident. He runs his routes confident and aggressively attacks the ball confidently. We’ve seen it all offseason and I’m sure you guys (media) have seen it at training camp.”"