WR Ryan Broyles, Free agent
HT: 5-10, WT: 192, Born: 4-9-1988, College: Oklahoma, Drafted: Round 2
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2013 Game Summaries
Week 3 - In his first game of the season, he was slowly incorporated into the Detroit offense. Primarily out of the slot, Broyles caught all three of his slant route targets over the middle. He was quick off of the line of scrimmage and showed good hands at the point of the catch. Calvin Johnson and Nate Burleson are clearly playing well and ahead of him in the pecking order, but it was a positive sign for Broyles to play well in his limited time his first game back from injury.
Week 4 - With Nate Burleson out, it was expected that Broyles would be the main beneficiary with a boost in snaps and targets. That was not the case as Tony Scheffler and Reggie Bush manned the slot more than Broyles with Kris Durham as the primary outside receiver. There was no sight of Broyles on offense until the two-minute drill prior to halftime. His lone target came on a wide open seam route that Stafford plain missed him in the closing seconds of the second quarter. Broyles may have scored on the play with a well-thrown pass in stride. Broyles did not see another target for the rest of the game in a quiet performance.
Week 5 - After getting his first game action of the season in Week four, Broyles had an opportunity to expand his presence in the offense with Calvin Johnson and Nate Burleson out of the lineup against the Packers. Broyles did not see a target, or many snaps, until converting a third-and-long in the final minutes of the first half. He had tight coverage on an in-breaking route when Mathew Stafford made a great throw into a small window. In the second half, Broyles had one other target on an out route which he caught cleanly. It was Kris Durham and the tight ends with an expanded role in this game as Broyles continues to round back into form after his 2012 ACL injury.
Week 6 - Broyles played a majority of snaps against the Browns, but without much fanfare. He saw just a single inaccurate target from Stafford, which came in the fourth quarter. On a quick slant, Broyles got just one hand on the pass, but could not haul it in. Broyles has not taken advantage of Nate Burleson being out of the lineup up to this point.
Week 7 - Broyles had his most active day in the passing game with four targets. He had a chance for a score on a seam route, but Stafford flat out missed him on the throw in the first half. In addition to his two slant route receptions in the fourth quarter, Broyles dropped a low target in the flat early in the game. Joseph Fauria and Kris Durham are getting the targets that the injured Nate Burleson was getting early in the season, not Broyles at the moment.
Week 8 - Before leaving the game with what was confirmed to be an Achilles tear, Broyles had two targets in the first half. Matthew Stafford missed Broyles on an in-breaking route over the middle after the pair connecting on a quick hitch to open the game. It was a slow start to the season for Broyles (eight catches in six games) who will now be faced with yet another long road to getting back on the field.