Lions wide receiver Corey Fuller is inactive for Sunday's game against the Broncos, MLive.com's Kyle Meinke reports. Fuller was active for the Lions' first two games, but he didn't draw any targets and wasn't used as a return man. Lance Moore is the No. 3 wide receiver, with TJ Jones serving as the No. 4.
In wideouts Calvin Johnson and Golden Tate, the Lions feature one the best 1-2 punches in the league. But the Lions' website notes the team "is also very high on Corey Fuller and is hoping he takes the same big jump in his development from year two to three as he did from his rookie season to year two." A 6-2, 200-pound former track star, Fuller caught 14 passes for 212 yards and a touchdown in limited work last year. The 24-year-old is in for a bigger role in 2015.
The Lions are looking for a solid No. 3 receiver to supplement Calvin Johnson and Golden Tate, and converted track star Corey Fuller could be the guy, reports the team's website. Fuller was Johnson's backup in 2014 and played in some multi-receiver sets, catching 14 passes for 212 yards and a touchdown. "I think I had a big improvement coming in from last year to this year," said Fuller, a sixth-round pick in the 2013 draft. "If I just keep on progressing, who knows where I can go." Fuller, who brings a unique combination of speed and strength, said his main focus this offseason is improving his route running. "The whole (route) tree," he said. "Being able to expand the routes they throw me."
The Lions received minor contributions from several role players in a 34-9 loss to New England on Sunday. With Reggie Bush sidelined with an ankle injury, Theo Riddick worked as the team's No. 2 running back. He was limited to two carries for 12 yards and caught three passes for 40 yards. Jeremy Ross nearly scored his third career touchdown, but saw a Matt Stafford pass bounce right off his fingers. He caught three of five targets for 35 yards. Eric Ebron also had some crucial drops and finished with only two catches for 23 yards. Corey Fuller saw two of Stafford's passes go through his hands in the end zone. He was limited to only one grab for 13 yards.
With Calvin Johnson sidelined with ankle injury, the Lions received contributions from wideouts Jeremy Ross, Corey Fuller and Ryan Broyles in a Week 8 victory over the Falcons. Fuller came down with a 16-yard grab in the third quarter and a 13-yard catch in the fourth. He finished with three catches for 43 yards on six targets. Ross caught all three of his targets for 31 yards. Broyles caught a 4-yard pass in the third quarter. He was targeted twice in a 22-21 victory.
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