The Detroit Lions suffered a major blow this weekend when the team and fans learned that rookie wide receiver Ryan Broyles will miss the rest of the season with a torn ACL. The injury adds to the already short receiving group that lost Nate Burleson with a season ending injury earlier in the year and also Titus Young, who has been benched by the team due to immaturity.
Lions fans may have a reason to get excited for receivers going forward. Along with key targets Calvin Johnson and Mike Thomas, quarterback Matthew Stafford now has a new target to throw to. The Lions signed Kris Durham to a contract, after he was called up from the team’s practice squad.
For Stafford and Durham, chemistry shouldn’t be a big issue. The quarterback and receiver were both members of the Georgia Bulldogs for three seasons. While at Georgia with Stafford, Durham had seasons of 82, 169 and 199 yards. The two were well acquainted as college roommates while student athletes at Georgia.
After Stafford departed for the NFL, Durham suffered a shoulder injury that cost him his 2009 NCAA Football season. In 2010, Durham came back strong with a 32 reception for 659 yards and three touchdown season. The Seattle Seahawks selected Durham in the fourth round of the 2011 NFL Draft.
As mentioned in the Broyles update, the Lions remain thin at receivers. The team lists healthy receivers as Johnson, Thomas, Brian Robiskie, Kassim Osgood and Stefan Logan. If Durham impresses in practice or finds his way into games, Stafford could demonstrate the connection they had while in college.