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Lions notes: Detroit Lions among top half of league’s receiving corps

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Despite its flaws, the Lions’ group of receivers remains about average.

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For years, the Detroit Lions had one of the better receiving corps in the NFL. Golden Tate arrived from the Seattle Seahawks to partner Calvin Johnson in the final years of his career. Johnson was instantly replaced by Marvin Jones Jr. and a year of Anquan Boldin, and they and Tate formed a fearsome trio starting in 2016. In 2017 Kenny Golladay arrived and the team had an elite three-deep group of receivers.

The when the Lions dealt Tate to the Philadelphia Eagles midway through last season, a void opened in the offense. The receiving corps felt decimated and needed to be much better in the upcoming season if the team is to succeed this year.

Luckily, the additions of Danny Amendola and Tommylee Lewis this offseason seem to have markedly improved the offense, at least according to SBNation.com’s Christian D’Andrea. He ranked all 32 of the NFL receiving corps, and placed Detroit’s near the center at 13.

While being in the middle is not great, it shows improvement over how bad the Lions receivers were over the second half of last season. Detroit’s receivers room has not reached its previous height, but it is making its way back towards the top.

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