COORDINATOR CUT-UP

COORDINATOR CUT-UP: Is it finally time for Ryan Broyles to get back on the field?

Posted Sep 18, 2013

It's getting close to the time when the Lions expect second-year receiver Ryan Broyles to start making an impact

The Lions missed the playmaking ability of receiver Ryan Broyles in the middle of the field last week in Arizona.

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

Especially after Patrick Edwards left the game with an ankle injury in the first quarter and tight end Brandon Pettigrew had a tough time making plays between the hash marks.

Broyles has been inactive the first two weeks of the season as he continues to gain strength in that right knee that suffered an ACL tear in early December of last year.

But could it finally be time for Broyles to make an impact this week in Washington?

"It's in the plan not to ease him in but not rush him back in," Lions offensive coordinator Scott Linehan told me Tuesday. "He may be called upon here in the near future to be back on the field."

Broyles tore the ACL in his right knee in a Dec. 2 game vs. Indianapolis at Ford Field. It was a little more than a year after tearing his left ACL as a senior at the University of Oklahoma.

At the time of his second injury, Broyles was coming off a six-catch, 126-yard performance against Houston on Thanksgiving the week prior when he injured the knee in the first quarter against the Colts.

"He has gotten a little closer to whatever that percent is where he's ready to go," said Linehan. "I think he's chomping at the bit to get in there."

Is it possible Broyles could make his season debut in Washington Sunday?

Linehan also touched on a few other trends from last week's game in Arizona:

On the play of the offensive line: "It's been a really good pocket (for Matthew Stafford to throw in) the past couple weeks. The guys have done a really good job upfront. Matt's done a good job of getting rid of the ball, when he needs to, but he really hasn't been forced to throw the ball before he needs to. It goes hand-in-hand. We're really pleased with where that is at this point in the season."

On what kind of wrench losing Reggie Bush in the second quarter put in last week's game plan: "Anytime you lose a player of that caliber, it's going to be challenging, but we have to be able to rise up to that challenge. One of our goals is: next guy up has to step up and do the job. Guys really buy into that.

"The season is early. We're two games in and we're 1-1 and that was one of those deals where it was the first injury we've dealt with. But I feel we have the depth and the guys to step in. Hopefully, we can respond where production doesn't drop off next time."

On Joseph Fauria's limited snaps (6) Sunday after a good debut in Week 1: "(Fauria) had a big red zone plan and we only made one trip and it was a quick trip and a successful trip. If we had had more shots down there we would have seen him play more."

On the overall play of the offense through two weeks: "We had a lot more production as far as having success both running and throwing the first week. Last week (vs. Arizona) we had less success running the ball. There was a little bit bigger commitment from the opposition to taking the run away as far as the defensive looks. I think guys understand what we're trying to get done.

"I think we're playing smarter and more sound football in our approach with the turnover numbers at this point and the lost yardage plays in the passing game at this point. We need to eliminate the loss yardage we're getting in the run game and that will bode well for us as well."