Ryan Broyles making his mark in Lions receiving corps

By Rod Beard
The Detroit News

Detroit — Among receivers, Calvin Johnson drew much of the attention in his first game of the exhibition season.

But Ryan Broyles is making a good accounting for himself in the exhibition season as well, adding another consistent game to his portfolio as he’s trying to nail down a spot on the final 53-man roster.

In the Lions’ 13-12 win over the Jaguars on Friday night at Ford Field, Broyles had three catches for 44 yards and nearly had a touchdown, stopped just short at the 1-yard line.

“Coach puts you in a good play and you try to produce,” Broyles said. “We’re all NFL players and I’m just out there doing my job.”

Broyles, a second-round pick in 2012, hasn’t played a full season after being hampered by season-ending injuries each of the past two seasons.

But Broyles may be having the best exhibition season of any of the Lions’ receivers, which could mean that he’s one of the five or six receivers on the roster when the final cuts are made on Aug. 30.

Broyles set up the go-ahead score with all three of his receptions — each for a first down — on the same drive in the fourth quarter. He started with a 25-yard catch from Dan Orlovsky to get the ball across midfield.

On third-and-5, he had a 9-yard catch and followed with another 10-yard catch, putting the ball on the 1. On the play, he tried to fight to get into the end zone, but the ball came loose and initially was ruled a fumble.

“I knew I was down and the ground caused the fumble. They have to review it and do their job but I have to be more smart about that,” Broyles said. “I was yelling I was down and I hope that helped with the review.

“I have to be smart, on the 1-yard line. Get the first down and not have to let the running back punch it in, but it happens sometimes.”

After a review, the call was overturned and the ball was placed at the 1, where George Winn punched it in to put the Lions ahead, 13-12.

After another consistent performance, Broyles said he isn’t consumed with how the final roster spots are going to shake out and whether he’s doing enough to make the team.

“I just have to play ball. At the end of the day, it’s not up to me,” he said. “All I can do is go out there and perform on game day and the rest is up to them.”