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Saturday open thread: Who will be the Detroit Lions’ 4th receiver on the final roster?

Which Lions depth receiver will emerge as the top backup?

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Based on recent news, the Detroit Lions must not exactly be thrilled with their wide receiver group right now. This week, they brought in free agent Jermaine Kearse, but couldn’t come to an agreement with him before he left without a deal.

It’s not all that surprising the Lions are looking to bolster their receiver depth right now. Outside of their top three receivers right now—Marvin Jones Jr., Kenny Golladay and Danny Amendola—there isn’t much proven talent on the roster.

Detroit has some holdovers from last year in Andy Jones, Brandon Powell, Chris Lacy and Deontez Alexander. They also have a couple of new faces in Tommylee Lewis and Jordan Smallwood. Then there’s the rookie class: sixth-round pick Travis Fulgham and UDFAs Jonathan Duhart and Tom Kennedy.

While there’s a lot of potential there, there isn’t much the Lions know they can rely on there. So today’s Question of the Day is:

Who will be the Lions No. 4 receiver in 2019?

My answer: I think many are assuming it will be Fulgham, simply because the Lions drafted him. However, I see him as more of a long-term project. If Detroit had their way, the Old Dominion product would spend a year on the practice squad before jumping into a role in his rookie year. Of course, there’s no guarantee he’ll make it through waivers to land on the practice squad.

Personally, I think Tommylee Lewis may have the inside track to a spot on the roster. Though his small stature at 5-foot-7, 168 pounds makes him purely a slot option, he brings special teams value and he’s already making plays at Organized Team Activities.

However, if I’m being completely honest, I think the answer is probably someone that isn’t even on the roster right now. It’s always possible that a guy like Brandon Powell builds on his performance from late last season, but I just think there are too many guys on this roster that belong on the practice squad than those that could realistically perform on game day.

Your turn.


Who will be the Lions’ No. 4 WR this year?

This poll is closed

  • 30%
    Travis Fulgham
    (619 votes)
  • 27%
    Brandon Powell
    (562 votes)
  • 3%
    Andy Jones
    (67 votes)
  • 8%
    Tommylee Lewis
    (174 votes)
  • 2%
    Other (on roster)
    (58 votes)
  • 27%
    Someone not on the roster
    (553 votes)
2033 votes total Vote Now

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