On Friday, Detroit Lions GM Martin Mayhew announced that the team will bring back wide receivers Kris Durham and Jeremy Ross next season.
Following Nate Burleson‘s freak accident last October, Ross was signed off of the Lions’ practice squad after being picked up from waivers following his release from the Green Bay Packers. He proved to be productive as the team’s return man, recording one touchdown on both a punt and kick. He also saw time on offense by playing the slot receiver, where he had five receptions for 59 yards and one touchdown.
Drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in the fourth round of the 2011 NFL Draft, Durham signed with the Lions to the practice squad after being cut by the Seahawks. Appearing in 16 games last season, Durham found himself second on the Lions’ depth chart following Burleson’s injury. He finished the year by notching 38 receptions for 490 yards and two touchdowns.
However, it’s unlikely that Durham will see time as the no. 2 receiver again, considering that Detroit is looking to add another player through the draft or free agency.
Tight end Matt Veldman, linebacker Julian Stanford and cornerback Chris Greenwood were the other three on the exclusive rights list, but Mayhew hasn’t said whether or not they will be back on the team. If Mayhew does decide to re-sign them, they will most likely compete for a job as a reserve during training camp.