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Even after signing Golden Tate in the offseason, the Lions are still in sore need of wide receiving talent. Fortunately, in-house option Jeremy Ross is making waves in the offseason.
As Josh Katzenstein notes in the Detroit News, Ross is an undoubted standout:
Ross filled in with the first team and caught nearly every pass thrown his direction. Ross should have no problem winning the return job, and if he continues to play like he did, he’ll battle Ryan Broyles and Kris Durham for the No. 3 receiver spot.
Ross flashed regular-season ability in the evisceration of Green Bay, his former team. His ability to create after the catch, as well as on jet sweeps, reflects the agility and vision that make him a shoo-in for the kick return job.
Consistent hands will go a long way toward locking up the third wideout role. With Broyles a major durability risk and Durham just plain not very good, Ross could wind up running away with the gig. His strong camp so far portends well for the fourth-year California product.
Of course, offseason wonders often wilt once the regular season comes. Three years ago, I was in attendance for four Houston Texans practices, and the best player on the field was a lanky wideout named Lestar (pronounced Le-STAR) Jean. He was demonstrably better than perennial Pro Bowler Andre Johnson in those sessions.
In spite of that impressive performance in his rookie offseason, Jean has managed 10 catches in three injury-plagued seasons in Houston. He's currently on Minnesota's injured reserve list. It's probably best to temper expectations for Ross based simply on what he's done so far in June.
Still, it's nice to hear Ross is catching everything in sight and emerging as a viable third wideout behind Calvin Johnson and Golden Tate.