The Lions will be without wide receiver Nate Burleson for several weeks at least after Burleson broke his arm in a car accident, a development that has led them to look into the trade market for help.
There could be a match on that front, but the Lions have to prepare for the possibility that the in-house options are going to be the guys they have to rely on during Burleson’s absence. Ryan Broyles, who made his 2013 debut against Washington, would be at the top of the list of those options and the 2012 second-round pick is looking forward to a chance to move into a bigger role on the offense.
“I’m ready to go out there and just produce,” Broyles said, via the Lions website. “Get my adrenaline going like last game and get my feet wet a little bit and I’m just looking forward to the opportunity.”
Even if Broyles is able to fill a larger role in the coming weeks, the Lions could stay in the market for more help at receiver. Broyles is best suited for a role in the slot, which would leave an opportunity to upgrade from Patrick Edwards and Kris Durham on the outside. The market will determine whether or not that comes to pass, but things will wind up looking different at receiver in Detroit one way or another.