Ryan Broyles cleared for offseason workouts

AP

The buzz around the Lions right now is that they are interested in a potential trade that would bump them high enough up the draft board to select Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins in the first round of the draft.

While they have been contemplating that move and signing Golden Tate, another receiver has been working to make his way back to the field after a torn Achilles tendon. Ryan Broyles has been making good progress on that front as Kyle Meinke of MLive.com reports that Broyles has been cleared to take part in the team’s offseason conditioning program.

There’s a long way to go between offseason conditioning and a role in the fall, but it’s a step forward that Broyles needs to make if he wants a role on the team come next season. With two torn ACLs and the Achilles injury in his past, the Lions have every reason to be concerned about Broyles’ ability to stay healthy for the long term.

That will almost certainly lead them to address the position one way or another come May, leaving Broyles with a month to try to influence things in a direction that offers him a better shot at playing time.