The Detroit Lions are really hoping that Ryan Broyles will be all systems go this year after taking a chance on him last season drafting the injured receiver in the second round. When he finally got a shot to play in 2012, he did not disappoint. He immediately made an impact and was poised for a strong finish till he tore his ACL and went on injured reserve.
Now, only six months removed from surgery, it appears that he’s ready to resume his playing career. Broyles participated in all three days of the Lions recent mini camp and is convinced he will be given the green light when training camp opens in a couple of weeks. If that is the case, we can peg Broyles as a sleeper candidate among wide receivers with potential to overtake Nate Burleson as the starter.
Ryan should be a PPR monster opposite Calvin Johnson if starting and should be a serviceable WR3 even if he doesn’t win the starting job. He is worth drafting in all formats at the moment. But because of his injury history, it’s a buyer beware situation. Big time upside though is hard to pass up. Especially when he’ll be in a high-octane passing offense like the Lions employ.
Another thing to consider is how much a healthy Broyles might help starting quarterback Matthew Stafford. He already has Reggie Bush to help out of the backfield but with a Ryan on the field, this offense could be unstoppable.
As a Lions fan myself, it’s what I hope for…