We noted recently the Detroit Lions' relief in the apparent healthy return of receivers Nate Burleson and Ryan Broyles. That post, however, failed to emphasize the emergence of a relatively unknown receiver who has continued his push to be part of their regular rotation.
My vast array of worldwide sources have passed along confirmation that first-year receiver Patrick Edwards, whom Burleson said this spring was poised for a breakout, has performed well over the first 10 or so days of camp. Edwards spent last season on the practice squad, and this summer has demonstrated the explosiveness and playmaking ability to suggest the Lions have better depth at the position some of us once feared.
I'll get a first-hand look this week when I arrive at Lions camp, but Josh Katzenstein of the Detroit News suggests that Edwards has outperformed veteran Mike Thomas and "might be a perfect fit" as the Lions' No. 4 receiver. It's always important to remember that training camp success must be followed by production in preseason to have the desired carryover, but first things first. Edwards has, by all accounts, put himself in position to be in position for a regular role in the Lions' offense this season.