Detroit Lions wide receiver Jeremy Ross was very impressive last season as a special teams player, his punt return average of 16.2 yards per return would have led the NFL if he had enough returns to qualify. Now, apparently, he’s showing that he could be a solid offensive player as well.
Golden Tate has a shoulder injury that has sidelined him for mini-camp and during that period, Ross has leapfrogged every other wide receiver in camp, including Ryan Broyles, and has been taking reps with the first team unit. By all reports, including a glowing one from Calvin Johnson himself, Ross is ready to contribute.
Ross caught only two passes last year, in part because he joined the team nearly halfway through the season and didn’t really know the offense, but also because his route running was ineffective. As wide receivers began dropping like flies last year, and opportunity could have been there for players like Kris Durham, Kevin Ogletree or Ross to step up and play for the injured Nate Burleson and Ryan Broyles. No one did and when Calvin Johnson and eventually even tight end Brandon Pettigrew were hindered by injuries, the Lions offense ground to a complete halt.
Since then, the Lions have added rookie tight end Eric Ebron and free agent Tate to the mix. It appears that Broyles has completely recovered and now Ross seems to be coming into his own. The depth at one of their weakest areas is solid and the Lions still believe that Corey Fuller could develop into an option as well. In addition they drafted to T.J. Jones. The question is, who do they keep? Ross is going to make the team as a kick returner, there is no question there. Obviously Johnson and Tate are in place. With Ross developing into an offensive player, someone you wouldn’t expect is going to get cut. Who do you think it will be?