Calvin Johnson sees big things in Ryan Broyles’ future

Posted by ttwentyman on June 11, 2013 – 4:57 pm

Calvin JohnsonCalvin Johnson would love nothing better than one of his fellow receivers emerge as a true No. 2 option in the Detroit Lions offense to help take some of the pressure off his shoulders.

New running back Reggie Bush is going to help both as a runner and receiver. So would tight end Brandon Pettigrew returning to his 2011 form.

The Lions are hopeful that getting receivers Ryan Broyles and Nate Burleson back healthy will make a difference, too.

Burleson is recovering from a broken leg and Broyles a second torn ACL.

Broyles, in particular, has a chance to really fill that void this season. A second-round pick last year, he has an opportunity to be a breakout performer from last year’s draft class. He was just coming into his own with a six-catch, 126-yard performance the prior week to tearing his ACL vs. the Colts.

He seems ahead of schedule in his rehab, already taking part in the team portion of practice in mini-camp.

“I’m not surprised because I see him on a daily basis,” Johnson said Tuesday of Broyles’ recovery. “We see his progression. He’s looking good and moving around good.”

The Lions thought Broyles, who finished his college career with 349 catches for 4,586 yards and 45 touchdowns, was a steal in the second round of the 2012 draft. If not for the ACL injury, he might have been a first-round pick.

When 100-percent healthy, the Lions are expecting him to make a first-round type of impact this season. And so is Johnson.

“He has a good feel for the slot,” Johnson said. “He has a good feeling on how things are moving in there and he does good in there. He did a lot of that in college and he learns fast. He’s a smart kid and I expect more of that from him when he’s out there.”

That’s good news for both the Lions and Johnson in 2013.

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Meet current Detroit Lions and alumni at the 97.1 FM’s annual SportsFest event

Posted by Tara Altman on February 15, 2013 – 3:07 pm

The Detroit will be participating at 97.1 FM’s annual SportsFest event this Saturday, February 16.

The event is free (parking is $5) and will give fans the opportunity to meet current players, kicker Jason Hanson and wide receiver Ryan Broyles, and former Lions’ Cory Schlesinger and Eric Hipple.

When: Saturday, February 16, 2013

Time: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Where: Suburban Collection Showplace
Exhibit Hall A
46100 Grand River, Novi, MI 48374

The Lions will be hosting interactive inflatables, youth football clinics featuring alumni Schlesinger and Hipple, a Madden Xbox Video gaming area, and more.

In addition to the Lions, the Tigers, Red Wings and Pistons will be hosting their own areas as well.

For more information, check out:

Autograph Sessions* (schedule subject to change):

10:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
Lions Placekicker, Jason Hanson

2:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Former Detroit Lions Fullback, Cory Schlesinger

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Detroit Lions Wide Receiver, Ryan Broyles

*A one-time donation fee of $10 will be charged for autographs, with all proceeds benefiting the 97.1 The Ticket / Beaumont Student Heart Check program.

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Ryan Broyles already running after ACL surgery

Posted by ttwentyman on February 4, 2013 – 1:33 pm

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Detroit Lions receiver Ryan Broyles ramped up his rehab from ACL surgery on Monday as he began running.

Broyles Tweeted a picture of himself in the Lions’ state of the art training and rehab facility in Allen Park in one of their running pools.

Broyles, who suffered an ACL tear in his right knee against the Colts Dec. 2, is hopeful he’ll be ready to go Week 1 of the regular season in 2013, just like he was last year after going through the same type of recovery.

The Lions’ second-round pick last year has been through this process before. He was just getting back to 100 percent from a torn ACL in his left knee suffered during his senior year at Oklahoma almost a year prior when he injured the other knee.

“Very (disappointing),” Broyles said of the injury after the season. “Working my way back just to play football. I just want to be out there as much as possible. That being taken away from me was a tough situation for all the time I put into it. I’m just looking to get back out there.”

Broyles had surgery two weeks later than he did last season, but said knowing what to expect this time and when he should reach benchmarks in his recovery should help him even more this time around.

“Going through the process last time with the injury that I had I understand what I have to do this time to come back,” he said.

“I’m looking forward to the challenge. I’m always up for it. Definitely shooting for Week 1.”

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Broyles: “Nothing is going to stop me from coming back”

Posted by Tara Altman on December 20, 2012 – 3:57 pm

“Obviously, it was a very disappointing to end my season, once again, with an ACL tear versus Indianapolis. The opportunities that I got this year, I made the best of them and I was continuing to build a comfort level with Matt and the offensive coordinator, and just getting back to my normal form, like I used to play at OU.

“To end the season this way, it’s no way to start your rookie campaign, to go out with a knee injury; but I’m in high spirits. I know what to expect and I’m definitely going to get back there on the field. I’ve already shown that I can make it back from one, and nothing is going to stop me from coming back from another one.

“They say it’s always easier to come back after the second ACL and I could already tell that in the first 12 days after surgery. I know what to expect, I know what level I have to push, what soreness to expect, and I definitely know the rehab protocol. I wake up everyday looking forward to making myself better, to fight through this and get back on the field next year.

“I’ve talked to a couple of guys that have gone through the same situation. I just have to continue to push forward and stay positive through this whole thing. I’m about 14 days into rehab now and everyday my leg is getting stronger and more sturdy.

“This offseason I was looking forward to relaxing. Last year I had to go to the combine and prepare for that, didn’t really have much of an offseason with my knee and now I’m in the same situation this year. I’m just going to continue to push forward, come back stronger and healthier than I did this year. I know what’s ahead of me, so I’m looking forward to being a better player next year.

“I definitely enjoyed the season, I enjoyed being a Lion. It was great playing next to Calvin Johnson, the best receiver in the NFL, and I definitely took a lot from him. He’s a positive guy, he’s been on my side this whole season, keeping my head right, trying to help me develop, stay humble and continue to push forward and perfect my craft.

“I appreciate all the support I’ve gotten up to this point and I look forward to making you guys happy in the future.”

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Young inactive for second consecutive game; Backus to start

Posted by ttwentyman on December 2, 2012 – 12:32 pm

Receiver Titus Young is inactive today for the Lions and will miss his second consecutive game for disciplinary reasons.

Young was asked to leave the team following a loss to the Packers two weeks ago when he continually lined up wrong and was insubordinate on the sideline.

He was inactive last week vs. Houston. Young rejoined practice this week, but head coach Jim Schwartz said Young had to earn his was back to active status.

Young has 33 receptions for 375 yards and four touchdowns on the season.

Rookie Ryan Broyles and veteran Mike Thomas did a nice job of picking up the slack for Young last week. Broyles had 126 receiving yards and Thomas caught his first touchdown as a Lion.

The Lions will have the services of safety Louis Delmas, who is active and will make his fifth start of the season today vs. Indianapolis. Delmas left in the fourth quarter on Thanksgiving with soreness in his left knee.

The Lions will also have Jeff Backus back at left tackle. Backus saw his iron-man streak of 187 consecutive starts (including playoffs) snapped last week because of a hamstring injury.  Backus was limited in practice all week but is ready to go.

Joining Titus Young on the inactive list are: cornerback Jonte Green, tackles Jason Fox and Corey Hilliard, receiver Brian Robiskie, quarterback Kellen Moore and defensive end Ronnell Lewis.

Green has been dealing with an illness all week.

Defensive tackle Corey Williams will play for the first time in a month because of a knee injury, but will not start. Nick Fairley, who has three sacks over his last three games while starting for Williams, will get the nod.

Ricardo Silva will start opposite Delmas at the other safety spot.

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Broyles: “I feel like a lot of players left plays out there and I was included in that”

Posted by Tara Altman on November 29, 2012 – 3:05 pm

“Getting my first start, on Thanksgiving, that really meant a lot. My parents came out. My wife’s parents came out as well and her brother, so it was a good opportunity to go out there and have them be able to watch me and have a game like that. It was a great situation to be in. Growing up watching Thanksgiving games, Detroit having played every  year, it was pretty cool to be out there doing that.

“Running out of the tunnel I couldn’t even see the ground, so I was high stepping a little bit. The smoke was going…it was pretty cool, the entrance and everything. Hopefully I get a couple more of those.

“I think I played pretty well getting my first start and then going out there and making some plays when I could. I feel like I did a good job with that. The coaches are believing in me, Matt’s believing in me. so that definitely builds my confidence; but at the same time I feel like a lot of players left plays out there and I was included in that.

“I feel like we’ve had a couple of games like the Thanksgiving game this year. It’s just one of those things where you hope that you can get a W. All the plays that we had – and we had a lot of plays – a lot of opportunities to make plays, and we did for the most part, but the times that we needed them, we didn’t capitalize on them. I felt like the defense and the offense both played well. It was a tight game the entire time and we just couldn’t come away with another couple of plays.

“For us to be able to fight and battle back in a game like that, and then the week before with Green Bay, it just shows that we have great athletes on this team and we have guys that are poised to make plays. We’ve been in a lot of close games and just let them go, so we have to come out this week and continue to strive for the best we can be.”

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Broyles: “When you play fast, things happen”

Posted by Tara Altman on November 15, 2012 – 5:47 pm

“Coming out on that first drive we had a couple good plays, and then I made a mistake – an illegal block. I definitely learned from that. I have to play clean. When I’m on the field, I have to be accountable and not hurt the team.

“I definitely knew when it happened. All week the coaches were talking about how I was playing in the slot and No. 26, A. Winfield, is a 14-year vet. He is a physical player  and whenever you’re on offense and you have a guy above you or guarding you, you know you want to take shots in the run game – get their legs to slow them down a little bit. I was a little too aggressive on that. But I’ve definitely learned from it.

“I’ve got to be poised and not to hurt the team. It’s part of the game. When you play fast, things happen. You just have to live with it and overcome.

“Offensively, we had our times where we played well, we took some deep shots down the field. We feel like whenever we play mistake-free we can put up points. We have to just play clean this week. We’re looking forward to the challenge playing the Packers. They’ve got a good offense and we have to match that.

“We have to stay on the field because we know their offense is high-powered. They’re going to keep the ball as long as they can, so we have to make plays down the field on third down, but the game’s not just won on third down. We have to put up points. Whatever our situation is, no matter if it’s first down, second down, we have to do well.

“We get three home games in a row. We’re in the middle of the season going into the home stretch, it’s good to have a home field advantage, so we have to come out on top these three games to really set us up for what’s next.”

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Broyles: “I’m running all on emotions right now”

Posted by Tara Altman on November 8, 2012 – 4:30 pm

“I just feel like our offense is clicking. We’re getting out there on the field and putting up points. At Jacksonville, it was a big running day for us, guys were up front blocking, and I feel like we really clicked overall against the defense we were playing.

“As far as my performance, I felt like it was as good as I can be right now, catching every ball that came my way. I was just ready no matter what the circumstances were.

“Over the course of the last few games, it’s really been about being ready when my number is called, more than anything. I’m getting reps with quarterbacks throughout the week – that’s been the biggest thing for me – and then just being on the field and being able to produce and catch balls when they come my way. I’m definitely feeling comfortable in the offense, knowing my role and I’m trying to step up.

“In the position I’m in, I catch a lot of routes over the middle, outside in the zone and things like that, so I definitely have to get the yards after the catch more than most guys. That’s one thing I want to pride myself in, work a little bit harder at, and get my legs under me.

“In the NFL, they definitely close in a lot faster, guys are more sure tacklers, so when you get the ball you have to edge out every yard you can get. The game is slowing down a little bit for me, so I understand where guys are after I catch the ball, hopefully I can improve from there.

“I’m running all on emotions right now. Three games I’ve really gotten to play a lot. This is my fourth game of the year, really. I’m full of energy right now, ready to compete and win.”

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Broyles: “The most important thing is to get Matt some touchdowns”

Posted by Tara Altman on November 1, 2012 – 3:27 pm

“First off, I love the interaction that I’m getting on this blog. I’ve read some of the comments you’ve all left and it just shows the Detroit pride, and I’m proud to be a part of that. Please continue to leave your comments and I’ll try to read all of them and keep you up to date with everything that’s going on here.

“Moving on to last Sunday’s game, Seattle was a great challenge for us. They’re a top 5 defense in the league and we went out there and played well and finally got our first touchdown in the first quarter, which is something we’ve been looking forward to, going out there and starting fast. I feel like we had a complete game.

“That win gave us a lot of momentum going into this next week. The most important thing is to get Matt some touchdowns, that’s what we needed to build our confidence and our offense and I feel like if we continue to do that it’s going to be hard for teams to match-up against us.

“We’re happy about where we’re headed right now. We have our eighth game coming up and the first half the season will be over. We’re going to keep grinding it out, improve every week and continue heading in the right direction.

“Last night was my first Halloween here, it was a great deal for me and my wife. We got a lot of trick or treaters, being in the neighborhood that we’re in, there are a lot of kids, some who recognized me would say ‘Go Lions!’ We had a lot of fun handing out candy, taking a couple of pictures to remember. It was a great overall first experience for us.”

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Broyles: “Nate’s really set the tone for me to come in and work hard”

Posted by Tara Altman on October 24, 2012 – 5:08 pm

“It feels good to have gotten my first career touchdown. Ever since camp I’ve been doing as much as I can, like I’ve been saying, going through practice everyday at full speed and preparing myself. It’s not cool that Nate went down, but I felt like I was prepared to come in.

“He’s an emotional leader for us, so his presence is going to be missed. But he’s still going to be with us every step of the way. To have a leader like that, a veteran guy like that on the receiver corp, he’s a guy you look forward to seeing make a big play.

“He talks the talk and he walks the walk, so he’s definitely a guy we looked toward to come in every day and set the tempo. He’s been doing that for us. With him going down, especially me a slot behind him, he’s really set the tone for me to come in and work hard.

“At 2-4, it’s not a good position to be in, but it’s a long season. It’s what the coaches have been harping on. We play a tough schedule, but we’ve got to continue to come in here every day and grind. As an offense, we definitely don’t feel like we’re out of it, and the defense has been playing really well. We have to continue to strive to be the best that we can be.

“Eight-and-5 was the worst season I went through at Oklahoma, so this is a new tempo, a new outlook on things. You have to be optimistic. This is a long season, our guys still have to come in here and prepare. We’re not even halfway through yet, so we have to continue to do what we can and prepare as hard as we can to get out there and get some wins.”

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