A couple of receivers and a lineman who are trending up for the Detroit Lions.
Kalif Raymond and Amon-Ra St Brown
With Tyrell Williams out, the Lions have needed consistent receiver play. Kalif Raymond has stepped up and is playing well, given the circumstances. After a 68 yard performance last week, Raymond had another solid game with 46 yards and two touchdowns.
He should’ve had a third twenty-yard touchdown, but Goff airmailed a wide-open pass down the seem. Raymond is looking like a player the Lions should bring back next year as a speedy receiver on the outside or slot who can make plays with the ball in his hands.
After the draft, Amon-Ra St Brown was expected to be the highest impact rookie for the Lions, given his pro-ready game and need a receiver. So far, he has been getting playing time, but his only highlights have been vicious blocks.
The blocks are great, but the Lions will need him to be a receiver as well. This week, he was able to show what he can do in the passing game. Brown showed off his great hands and did a great job working open on the scramble drill as well. He was the second-leading receiver on the team with 70 yards and nearly had a long touchdown on a scramble drill.
When Frank Ragnow went down with a toe injury, it seemed like it could be a death blow for the Lions’ offense without their best player. The Lions turned to Evan Brown, who is an unproven former undrafted free agent.
Surprisingly, Brown stepped in, and the offense didn’t miss a beat. For an offensive lineman, the best thing is to be not noticed, and Brown was not. He didn’t give up any sacks, commit any penalties, or miss any egregious blocks in the run game.
In fact, the run game was still effective, and Goff had enough time in the pocket to move the ball. Brown obviously is a downgrade from the best center in football, but he looks like a solid option until he is back.