Calvin Johnson, Bryant Johnson, and Dennis Northcutt — widely considered to be the top 3 WR for the Detroit Lions when the season starts — all returned to practice this week. That means the Lions have no further need for some of the bevy of WR that were in camp filling in for the starters, and vying for the 4th and 5th wideout spots.
Kenneth Harris didn’t differentiate himself from the pack, and after injuring his ankle was the first one waived/injured. Eric Fowler was a recent casualty. Billy McMullen was subtracted today to sign a LB, and Allen Ervinwas waived (though I’m guessing could go on IR?) to make room for Glenn Holt. That leaves quite a few players vying for those two spots, leaders have started to emerge and the competition will only get more intense as more players are released as the team moves on to the final 53.
As of right now, Johnson & Johnson have the top two spots locked up, and I didn’t see anything from anyone filling in to make me think that will change any time soon. I was hoping D. Williams would come on and challenge Northcutt for the slot WR spot, but so far Dane Looker is the only one giving him a run there. Williams looked okay in the first preseason game, but he still needs a LOT of work — at this point, he has shown so little he may even make the practice squad if he’s a final cut. It would take real guts for Millen and Mayhew to admit they screwed up an early pick that bad, but it’s all about winning. Holt is an interesting pickup — Minnesota has Percy Harvin as KOR and PR now, so they didn’t really need Holt even though he was a good returner. Holt’s hands, however, are rumored to be not-so-great, so that could work against him.
I can’t tell who will be number 4 and 5 WR right now — or, for that matter, I’m not sure Looker hasn’t beat out Northcutt (who is apparently still injured?) for #3 — or isn’t competing for it now. As you watch the game with the starters in Saturday, everyone will be focusing on the QB’s. While that is a huge battle, the WR battle is a knock-down drag-out affair, and I will be watching to see who has maybe gained an edge…
I’m hoping against hope that one or two really stand out, and step up. The Lions need someone to at WR — and so, they are dropping the ball.
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