As we await the Detroit Lions vs. Green Bay Packers matchup on Monday night, the Lions are in pretty rough shape when it comes to their receiving corps. This was already true if they were at full health, but with Tyrell Williams out with a concussion and Kalif Raymond listed as questionable dealing with a thigh injury, the Lions are going to have to dig deep and get some serious contributions from their depth pieces.
Last week, the passing game was focused primarily on their running backs and tight ends. T.J. Hockenson, D’Andre Swift and Jamaal Williams had eight receptions apiece. Jared Goff loves his checkdowns, so the running backs will likely continue to see a lot of action, and it seems that he’s built a strong rapport with Hockenson already. If the Lions want to attack teams outside the numbers, someone is going to need to step it up, and soon.
Today’s Question of the Day is...
Who will lead the Lions in targets against the Packers?
My answer: D’Andre Swift.
Last week, Swift led the team with 11 targets and I’m going to stay with the safe pick. Duce Staley told the media on Friday that there is “no concern” regarding the health of the Lions running backs, despite Swift being listed as questionable on the injury report. It’s possible that he could see reduced playing time, but I’m still willing to bet he sees plenty of touches.
I’d expect Hockenson and Williams to be up near the top in targets as well, and if I were to throw a receiver into the mix, I think Amon-Ra St. Brown will have a much bigger part in this week’s game than in Week 1.