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Notes: Do Lions receivers have a problem with drops?

One stat suggests Lions WRs struggled catching the ball in 2018. Should that concern fans for 2019?

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Over the past few years, it seemed like the Detroit Lions had fully rebounded from the sudden retirement of Calvin Johnson. Marvin Jones and Golden Tate led a one-two punch on offense that saw the Lions’ aerial attack earn some well-deserved recognition.

The drafting of Kenny Golladay took the wide receiver room to the next step, and it seemed like the Lions were pretty much set at starter. Obviously, things took a turn when Tate was traded away midseason in 2018, but were things always that rosy? And how does the wide receiver corps look for 2019?

Well, according to and CBS Sports contributor, Lions receivers—past and present—had a serious catching problem last season. Take look:

Okay, that’s just Golden Tate and he went through a quarterback change last year. No problem. Why did you even bring this up, Jeremy?

Well, inner-self, it’s not just him, unfortunately.

(Note: I don’t have a direct definition of True Catch Rate is, but I know it does not include uncatchable passes)

This list includes two Lions players currently on the roster: Marvin Jones Jr. and Jermaine Kearse.

Jones’ inclusion on the list is particularly interesting because back in his college days, he developed a reputation of having problems with drops. Almost immediately, Jones put that notion to bed in the NFL with one of the best (lowest) drop rates in the league.

Obviously, last year was a bit of a step back for Jones, but taking into account his full resume, I’m not sure there’s too much to worry about. As for Kearse, we’ll see how he does with a new quarterback.

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