Our latest series on the Detroit Lions roster continues with a comparison of the wide receiver position from 2014 to 2015. Did the Lions improve at wide receiver? Let's take a look.
2014 WRs: Calvin Johnson, Golden Tate, Jeremy Ross, Corey Fuller, Ryan Broyles, TJ Jones
2015 WRs: Calvin Johnson, Golden Tate, Jeremy Ross, Corey Fuller, Ryan Broyles, TJ Jones, Lance Moore, Greg Salas, Andrew Peacock, Vernon Johnson, Jarred Haggins
Despite there being a lot of similarities between 2014 and 2015, it's important to remember that TJ Jones spent all of last season on the PUP list. It's also important to remember that the Lions did in fact sign Lance Moore last month. He has a lot of experience in Joe Lombardi's offensive scheme, and although he's no sure thing to make the 53-man roster, he will make the camp competition at this position much more interesting.
Did they improve?
I suppose the Lions improved at wide receiver simply by getting a healthy Jones, Corey Fuller with another year of experience, etc. From a personnel standpoint, however, there were no major upgrades at this position. Moore is a nice addition given his familiarity with the offense, but as mentioned, he's not even a lock for the 53-man roster. The hope is that someone from within will step it up to upgrade the No. 3 wide receiver spot, and the Lions do have a lot of candidates, but I would only call this slight improvement at this point.
What about compared to 2013?
2013 WRs: Calvin Johnson, Nate Burleson, Kris Durham, Ryan Broyles, Jeremy Ross, Kevin Ogletree, Micheal Spurlock
If nothing else, the Lions are in much better shape now than they were back in 2013. Having Golden Tate to go along with Calvin Johnson instead of an injured Nate Burleson or Kris Durham is a massive, massive upgrade.