Detroit Lions 2013 Breakout Candidate: Ryan Broyles

By Andrew Fisher
Ryan Broyles
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The Detroit Lions are on a mission to become more dynamic on offense in 2013. There’s no denying how effective Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson were a year ago, but those two alone can’t propel the Lions back into the playoffs. That’s where players like Ryan Broyles become very important.

Broyles is entering his second season in the NFL, after a record-setting career at the University of Oklahoma. Knee injuries have derailed the wide receiver’s pro career thus far, and he’s currently battling back from another ACL surgery as we speak. It’s safe to say that health is the only thing holding Broyles back at this point.

Even though his rookie season didn’t go as planned, the experience he gained can’t be overlooked. With an entire year and offseason under his belt, Broyles will come into the 2013 season with a much better grasp of the Lions’ system. Learning an NFL playbook is no easy task, and having one fully memorized is a process.

On the field, Broyles is going to be open a lot. With a plethora of weapons for Stafford to target, Broyles is the fourth or fifth option. Johnson and Reggie Bush are going to command so much attention, that Broyles is assured of seeing lots of one-on-one coverage.

If healthy, Broyles has the skills to make plays in one-on-one coverage. He says he feels better than he has in a long time, and all reports indicate that he’s ahead of schedule with his rehab. He’s expected to be a full participant at training camp, but the Lions have to be careful with his return. The young WR has too much potential to rush him back. There’s no point in putting him back out there until he’s 100%. If Broyles can get back to 100%, he’ll a breakout star in 2013.


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