It’s been a tough start for the Lions passing game, and the loss of Nate Burleson won’t help. Then again, it might be just what this team needs, as rookie Ryan Broyles will find more playing time. Broyles is an ideal slot receiver and should be a nice compliment to what Calvin Johnson, Titus Young and Brandon Pettigrew bring to the table.
While Matthew Stafford continues to struggle with his mechanics, Detroit is still counting up over 40 pass attempts per game.
Before Burleson broke his leg, he received target totals of 12, eight and nine in the team's previous three games. Broyles picked up four targets, converting over to three receptions (the first three of his career) for 51 yards and the Lions' only touchdown.
Granted, the touchdown came as the lions played from behind on their final drive of the game, but that’s been a common trend for this team all year.
Broyles is coming back from a lower-leg injury of his own that happened back in college, but before that setback, he enjoyed one of the more prosperous careers in college history.
It will take some time (as it does for just about every unproven player in this league) before defenses see major improvement from Broyles, or before they take him seriously. This should play to his advantage, and while teams focus on Johnson, Pettigrew and Young, it should be Broyles who plays at a WR3 level in PPR leagues.
Consider him a solid roll-of-the-dice option as we work our way through bye weeks.
Panthers Wanted To Give Jonathan Stewart The Football More
According to Steve Reed of the San Francisco Chronicle, Head Coach Ron Rivera said the NFL" target="_blank">plan last week was to use Stewart as the feature back. While Stewart only received 10 carries and three receptions on the day, he dwarfed DeAngelo Williams in terms of snap count by 58 to five.
A big deal for sure if this trend continues, but the bottom line is: Stewart needs to touch the football over 20 times a game.
I expect it to happen this week, and if that’s the case, Stewart could quickly emerge as a solid RB2 option weekly. This would be a good time to move on him in a trade offer in your fantasy leagues.
That said, what we need to see from the Panthers is a movement away from the option offense before the Panthers running backs can maximize their potential. Defenses know the option in coming, and that predictable play-calling is hurting them.
|3||Victor Cruz||@ Cowboys|
|11||Ryan Mathews||@ Browns|
|12||Vincent Jackson||@ Vikings|
|13||Roddy White||@ Eagles|
|14||Reggie Wayne||@ Titans|
|15||Wes Welker||@ Rams|
|16||Marshawn Lynch||@ Lions|
|19||Julio Jones||@ Eagles|
|22||Frank Gore||@ Cardinals|
|23||Marques Colston||@ Broncos|
|24||Darren McFadden||@ Chiefs|
|27||Doug Martin||@ Vikings|
|28||Alfred Morris||@ Steelers|
|30||Ahmad Bradshaw (I)||@ Cowboys|
|33||Denarius Moore||@ Chiefs|
|34||Hakeem Nicks||@ Cowboys|
|35||Stevan Ridley||@ Rams|
|38||Darren Sproles||@ Broncos|
|39||Steve Smith||@ Bears|
|41||Rashad Jennings||@ Packers|
|42||Michael Turner||@ Eagles|
|44||Reggie Bush||@ Jets|
|45||Mike Williams||@ Vikings|
|48||Dez Bryant (I)||Giants|
|52||Jonathan Stewart||@ Bears|
|54||Felix Jones (I)||Giants|
|57||Vick Ballard||@ Titans|
|58||Sidney Rice||@ Lions|
|60||Brandon Lloyd||@ Rams|
|61||Santana Moss||@ Steelers|
|63||Michael Crabtree||@ Cardinals|
|65||Pierre Thomas||@ Broncos|
|66||Shane Vereen||@ Rams|
|67||Malcom Floyd||@ Browns|
|71||Danny Woodhead||@ Rams|
|72||Brian Hartline||@ Jets|
|73||Devery Henderson||@ Broncos|