The Detroit Lions have a refurbished wide receiver depth chart, but the group is rated appropriately by Pro Football Focus.
Last year around this time, the Detroit Lions wide receiver group looked pretty bad. And that was with free agent signings Tyrell Williams and Breshad Perriman in place, with the optimism they might have attached to them. Amon-Ra St. Brown was an interesting fourth-round recruit, if a silver lining was your thing.
Perriman was of course cut before Week 1, while Williams was injured in Week 1 and eventually released with an injury settlement. Quintez Cephus had a promising start to the season, before a season-ending shoulder/collarbone injury in Week 5.
Things therefore cleared up very quickly at the Lions wide receiver. St. Brown emerged late in the season and Josh Reynolds performed well after being taken off waivers.
In an effort to bolster the Lions’ wide receiver corps this offseason, general manager Brad Holmes signed DJ Chark and traded for draft Jameson Williams No. 12 overall. Reynolds and Kalif Raymond were re-signed.
Pro Football Focus ranks Detroit Lions wide receiver group appropriately
Ben Linsey of Pro Football Focus continued its NFL position ranking streak by ranking the league’s wide receiver groups.
Leos are in an appropriate position, intertwined with a certain optimism.
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This receiving body is on the increase. The Lions have two solid returning pieces from last season in TJ Hockenson and Amon-Ra St. Brown and also added a few more options in the draft and free agency, especially players who could stretch the field.
DJ Chark Jr. brings a unique combination of size (6-foot-4) and speed (4.34-second dash on 40 yards), and Jameson Williams’ impact can be seen in his production against a seemingly infallible Georgia defense Last year. This infusion of speed was needed for a Lions offense that ranked last in average target depth in 2021 (6.8 metres).
Last August, when the group had been reshuffled, the The Lions came in at 31st in the PFF standings of the NFL wide receiver corps (along with Perriman and Tyrell Williams). Today, it is rebuilding and the current ranking reflects this promising profile.