Analyzing the Detroit Lions Current Depth Chart

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Wide Receiver

Jan 25, 2015; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Team Irvin receiver Golden Tate of the Detroit Lions (15) in the 2015 Pro Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Calvin Johnson

The thought that Calvin is regressing and getting old is kind of the new fad. Calvin missed time that he should have missed during the Schwartz era and it did a lot of good for the All World receiver. It’s crazy to think that Calvin missed 3 complete games and worked a game and a half as a decoy and still racked up 71 receptions for 1077 yards and 8 touchdowns. If that’s regression then I apparently don’t know what that word means.

Golden Tate

Nobody could have expected this. No matter how big of a football genius you are. There is no way you knew that Tate would be this good in Detroit. The stats are great. But that’s not the story of Golden Tate. The story is about a guy stepping up in Calvin Johnson’s absence on a team that supposedly couldn’t win without Calvin Johnson. Tate is your MVP of the 2014 season if you had to choose one. He should continue his success in 2015. Imagine if the Lions had one more receiving threat that could take the pressure off Tate and Johnson.

Corey Fuller

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Fuller is a giant question mark. With his great size and speed you want to believe that he will relieve Calvin Johnson someday and be the #1 guy. But when I look at him I see a great catch against New Orleans and bunch of missed opportunities. If Fuller can have a great camp and continue to learn from the best receiver in the world, he could be something special and be that third or fourth receiving threat that takes the pressure off Tate and Johnson.

Jeremy Ross

Still a head scratcher to me. I can’t understand why the Lions made this move. Ross had some nice plays on offense last season but nothing to warrant a return to the Lions. Especially when you consider his regression at the return spot. I was a big fan of Ross and I hope to see him prove me wrong. Right now I just don’t get it.

T.J. Jones

Who? exactly. You might not be saying who in 2015 as Jones could be a nice piece on offense. Don’t expect anything spectacular from Jones. But expect to hear his name a few times.