WR Kris Durham, Free agent

HT: 6-5, WT: 209, Born: 3-16-1988, College: Georgia, Drafted: Round 4

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2014 Projections

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2014 Schedule


2013 Game Summaries

Week 1 - Durham saw the field often against Minnesota, lining up wide opposite of Calvin Johnson. In relation to his number of snaps, Durham was rather inactive in terms of targets. On his lone catchable target, Durham made a tough reception in traffic when Detroit was in the red zone.

Week 3 - Durham was the situational deep threat, lining up on the outside against Washington. In tight coverage on a slant route, Durham dropped his first target, which did not come until the second half. Later in the game, Durham made good on his most important opportunity of the game, a perfectly thrown corner route that got Detroit into scoring range.

Week 4 - Durham was the primary outside receiver opposite of Calvin Johnson with Nate Burleson out of the lineup. Durham and Matthew Stafford was the strongest connection for the Detroit passing game, making big plays down the field and in the red zone. Stafford missed Durham early down the sidelines, but was sharp on his targets after that point. Durham made a tough slant reception in the red zone and was tackled at the one-yard-line. In the second half, Durham’s two receptions were rare bright spots as Detroit’s offense stalled on most drives.

Week 5 - With Calvin Johnson a late scratch against Green Bay and Nate Burleson also out of the lineup, Durham was the primary outside receiver this week. Durham performed admirably as the lead receiver with two nice receptions on high throws, one of which was against tight coverage. Late in the game, Durham added a touchdown in garbage time as he came wide open on a red zone post route. On the downside, Durham dropped an easy slant route target and slipped running a route on a fourth down target late in the game. Overall, Durham struggled to gain separation against defensive backs, but had the size and athleticism to make plays when covered. A few of his recorded targets were in his general vicinity, but nowhere near his catching radius.

Week 6 - Durham had a career day against the Browns as Joe Haden followed Calvin Johnson a majority of the game. Durham used his size and leaping ability on a majority of his comeback routes and plays in tight coverage down the sidelines. He squares up on short routes, presenting an easy target for Stafford. Durham has no problem extending on targets high above his head, including a highlight-reel reception down the sidelines. While Durham does not possess the deep speed or after-the-catch ability to become a true impact receiver, this game was an example of Durham’s ability to be a possession target. With Calvin Johnson on the opposite side, Durham can be productive against secondary defensive backs on a weekly basis.

Week 7 - As the starting outside receiver opposite Calvin Johnson, Durham was second on the team in targets against the Bengals. As the possession target, Durham was steady in the short passing game, but Stafford missed him on two deep routes for potential big gains. Once on a go route Stafford threw the pass a little behind Durham and on the other Durham got free down the seam, but again the connection was missed by the pair. It was a game were Durham could have had close to 100 yards with a score with more accuracy on his deeper targets.

Week 8 - It was another solid game for Durham as the starting receiver opposite of Calvin Johnson. Against Dallas Durham got hot in the second half with all but one of his targets coming in the final 30 minutes. Durham plays to his strengths well, bodying up small defensive backs and high-pointing passes. Stafford missed Durham on a go route into the end zone, Durham’s best chance for a score on the day. Durham also drew a defensive pass interference penalty in the fourth quarter. The highlight play for Durham came late in the game as Stafford found him open between the cornerback and safety deep down the sidelines. Since Nate Burleson was injured, Durham has been solid in the starting role with 23 receptions over the past five games.

Week 10 - Durham saw just a single target against Chicago as Calvin Johnson saw almost half of the team’s passes this week. Durham’s target came in a high-leverage situation in the red zone. He made a nice move on the defensive back that jumped his slant route as Durham adjusted to a deeper route, where he came wide open. Matthew Stafford found Durham in the back of the end zone for the easy score. After seeing at least six targets in every game since Nate Burleson was injured, this marks Durham’s lowest total of the season. With a favorable set of passing matchups the rest of the season, expect more involvement from Durham going forward.

Week 11 - Durham was active with nine targets, but nearly half of them were uncatchable against Pittsburgh. He found open areas against zone coverage early in the game, making strong catches when he knew contact was coming immediately after the catch. Durham saw a deep target down the sidelines in the final minutes of the first half, which was highly contested and tipped away. In the second half, the entire Detroit passing game struggled as Durham caught one of the three completed passes by the entire offense. Durham threw in a drop on a short out route for good measure. Durham remains the clear second receiver in the pecking order, but when the offense struggles like this week, it is tough to have a good performance.

Week 12 - With Nate Burleson back, Durham had a very quiet game. He made a strong catch in the first half on a skinny post against tight coverage, but the second half turned into a nightmare for Durham. On a deep comeback route, Durham could not corral a pass down the sidelines. The throw was a little low, but with two hands on the ball, it was a play that had to be made. In the fourth quarter, Durham makes a great reception, but fumbled as he turned up the field, killing a scoring drive. Durham looked noticeably shell-shocked on the sidelines with the game in doubt. Later, Durham threw in a false start penalty on a third-and-one snap. It was a rough game for Durham as his playing time may be on the decline after a strong outing by Nate Burleson.

Week 13 - Durham rebounded somewhat from a rough outing in Week 12 with an up-and-down game against Green Bay. The big plays were there for Durham as he made a catch down the field in traffic and ran through arm tackle efforts on shorter routes. A crucial third down drop in field goal range and an interception on one of his targets tarnished his other positive plays. It was a positive to see his role in the offense continue with a healthy Nate Burleson back in the mix as Durham saw the second-most targets to only Calvin Johnson.

Week 14 - Durham saw a deep target on the opening play of the game against the Eagles. Stafford’s throw came up well short of Durham and was a foreshadowing of passing game limitations to follow. Stafford did not attempt many passes down the field and Durham dropped a short target to boot. It was a forgettable performance by Durham as he could not take advantage of his few chances for impact.

Week 15 - Durham tallied just a single reception against Baltimore, but had opportunities for two more catches. After taking a big hit and holding on to an early slant route, Durham was targeted down the field. On an end zone pass, Durham’s left arm was held down by the defensive back. Durham nearly hauled in the one-hand attempt, but pass interference was not called on the play. Late in the game, another one-handed attempt in the end zone came up empty for Durham. One of Matthew Stafford’s three interceptions came on an inaccurate throw in Durham’s direction as well. Durham remains third or fourth in the passing game pecking order depending on the week.

Week 16 - Durham was the most-targeted Detroit wide receiver, with seven, against the Giants as Calvin Johnson was limited with a knee injury. Some of Matthew Stafford’s most inaccurate throws came on Durham’s targets. When a pass was within Durham’s catching radius, he showed strong hands. Durham also felt he was grabbed on a deep end zone target. There was no call on the play as the pass appeared to be out of bounds regardless of the contact on the play. Durham has had ample opportunities to elevate his game with extended playing time this season, but has performed as a replacement-level outside receiver at best.

Week 17 - Durham had a very quiet game despite Calvin Johnson being out of the lineup. He saw a single target, which was well-behind him on the throw by Matthew Stafford on a deep in-cut. His time as a full-time player could be coming to end with a free agent acquisition or promising rookie this offseason.