Shortly after it was announced that the Detroit Lions would be trying out journeyman quarterback Jimmy Clausen, another couple of workouts were released. Former Miami Dolphins receiver Tyler Davis and former Green Bay Packers receiver Larry Pinkard will be visiting Detroit on a tryout basis this week. With training camp set to start, there’s likely to be a lot of churning at the bottom of the roster and guys like this are just signs of things to come.
Former Dolphins WR Tyler Davis and former Packers WR Larry Pinkard are both trying out for the Lions tomorrow... https://t.co/v1dNZ1Hi0i— Michael Rothstein (@mikerothstein) July 24, 2016
Larry Pinkard was an oft injured rookie for the Packers in 2015, but managed to catch five passes for 140 yards and a single touchdown in the preseason. That’s 28 yards per catch, and even if we’re talking preseason that is impressive. Prior to becoming a Packer, Pinkard played for Old Dominion, before being dismissed in 2013 for a violation of team rules. He had led the team previously with 68 catches for 1,020 yards and nine touchdowns. It’s unclear what the violation of team rules was, but it was the injuries that kept him from making a mark on a Packers team that was starved for receiving talent last season.
Tyler Davis manages to be even more interesting. While he wasn’t a standout for the Dolphins, he joined them after playing for the Kiel Baltic Hurricanes in the German Football League. Not only that, he was the league MVP in 2015, with 94 catches for 1,733 yards, 24 touchdowns and six interceptions. No, that’s not a typo, he played offense and defense at an MVP level in Germany. Tracing back to college at Missouri Valley, he was quite the stats machine in addition to spending time as a long jumper and doing track and field.
These two are hoping to join a wide receiving group headlined by Golden Tate and Marvin Jones but with plenty of uncertainty after that. TJ Jones is battling with Andre Roberts and Jeremy Kerley for the slot receiving job, but they have former Broncos and Bengals receiver Andre Caldwell to contend with. Throw UDFA Jay Lee and Quinshad Davis into the mix and this group could see some interesting camp and preseason battles. Considering the free agent attention and how the Lions scouted at least 36 WR in this draft class, it's not surprising to see some more competition while Corey Fuller heals up.