Returning from last season: Calvin Johnson, Nate Burleson, Titus Young, Maurice Stovall, Nate Hughes, Terrence Toliver
New to the team: Ryan Broyles, Lance Long, Jarett Dillard, Patrick Edwards, Wallace Miles
The top of the Detroit Lions' depth chart at wide receiver is pretty much set. Calvin Johnson is at the very top of the depth chart, and Nate Burleson and Titus Young are right behind him. These three players alone account for a lot of talent, especially with Young poised to have a breakout season in 2012.
The fourth spot on the Lions' depth chart at wide receiver also appears to be set. Ryan Broyles, the team's second-round pick in this year's draft, is expected to be the Lions' slot receiver. He is still recovering from an ACL injury, but it would be surprising if he's not ready for the start of the season.
The fifth spot at wide receiver, unlike the first four, is completely up for grabs. This will be one of the more interesting position battles to watch during training camp. You have a veteran like Maurice Stovall coming back to take on some new faces in Lance Long, Jarett Dillard, Patrick Edwards, Wallace Miles and Dominique Curry, and let's not forget about some of the practice squad players from last season like Nate Hughes, and Terrence Toliver.
A lot of people like Edwards for the fifth spot because of his return ability, and many people think Stovall will make the 53-man roster again because of his ability on kick/punt coverage. All I know right now is that it will be an intense competition for that final spot with so many different players in the mix.
Need going forward?
The Lions have more than enough wide receivers on the team right now. I can see them swapping a guy out here or there during camp, but there isn't much need at this position. As long as no injuries occur and Broyles' recovery goes as planned, this position is set.
UPDATE: This post has been updated to reflect the signing of Dominique Curry and the release of Marcus Harris.