NOTEBOOK: Broyles chomping at the bit, Lions must watch for the blitz

Posted Sep 18, 2013

Ryan Broyles says the only way the Lions are going to know if he's ready to play a whole game is to "throw me out there to see if I'm ready"

It's been roughly 41 weeks and exactly 290 days since Ryan Broyleslast played in a regular season football game.

That was Dec. 2 of last year, when in the first quarter vs. Indianapolis, Broyles suffered a torn ACL in his right knee.

It's been a long nine months and 16 days since then, and Broyles is hoping he only has to wait four more days before he can return the field in Washington.

"Oh, man, I'm ready to go," Broyles said after Wednesday's practice. "I'm going to go out there every day and work like I'm a starter. It's kind of the same situation I was in last year, so whenever my number gets called, I'm going to be ready."

Ryan BroylesWR Ryan Broyles (Photo: G. Smith/Detroit Lions)

There's a chance that could come as early as Sunday with the Lions a little banged up at the receiver position. Starter Patrick Edwards injured an ankle last week in Arizona and did not practice Wednesday.

If Edwards can't go Sunday, the Lions could elect to play versatile receiver Nate Burleson more on the outside and activate Broyles for the first time this season to play the slot.

"I feel good," Broyles said. "I feel capable enough to go out there and play and whenever the coaches call my number I'll go out there and give it my all."

Broyles played in the preseason, but that's a situation where coaches could control his snaps. To be on the 46-man roster on gameday, the Lions have to be confident Broyles can play a majority of the snaps if needed.

"That's the biggest thing they want to know," Broyles admitted. "They have to throw me out there to see if I'm ready."


Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh was asked about a play in Arizona Sunday where offensive lineman Paul Fanaika dove at Suh's knees well behind the play.

It was a play similar to the one Suh was fined $100,000 for against the Vikings in Week 1, but the only difference is that it's legal when offensive lineman do it.

"It happens all the time," Suh said of the play. "It's not going to stop. I look forward to it, look forward to keep making plays down the field. That's my job.

"To me, it's just gnats that are in the air that keep going after you, and you swat at them and sometimes you hit them, sometimes you don't, sometimes they just run away, sometimes they come back again. Ultimately, I'm that bee going to find that honey hole. That's what I go and do."

Head coach Jim Schwartz was asked about the play and his response was simply that it's a legal play.

"For an offensive lineman to do it it's legal," Schwartz said. "As long as he isn't doing it from behind. If he's from the front then it's legal. Is it less of an injury risk? No. It's a legal play as opposed to a play that's penalized. It just is what it is."


Through the first two weeks of the regular season, the Redskins defense is blitzing opponents about 42 percent of the time they drop back to pass.

"They are a blitzing defense," Schwartz said, "They have some guys that can wreck the game upfront. (LB Ryan) Kerrigans' got three or four sacks.

"They got off to a fast start against Green Bay. I think they sacked them three times in the first couple series and were really giving them a hard time. They have some guys that can wreck the game."

Washington has seven sacks on the year, which ranks in the top 10 in the NFL through the first two weeks of the season, but the Lions offense has handled the blitz pretty well their first two weeks of the season.

Quarterback Matthew Stafford is 13-of-18 passing for 118 yards with a touchdown and no interceptions when blitzed this year. That's good for a passer rating of 108.1.