Camp Spotlight: Wide receiver Corey Fuller

Posted Aug 18, 2015

Tim Twentyman tracks the performance of wide receiver Corey Fuller during Day 12 of training camp practice.


Position: Wide receiver

Ht/Wt: 6-2/200

College: Virginia Tech

Experience: Third year

Outlook: Fuller is among a group of Lions players -- Theo Riddick and Darius Slay are others -- who took a huge leap in terms of their development and production from year one to year two in the league.

Corey FullerWR Corey Fuller (Photo: Detroit Lions)

Fuller was a practice-squad player in 2013, but served as Calvin Johnson’s primary backup last season and played in all 17 games (including playoffs) with two starts.

He caught 14 passes for 212 yards and his only touchdown of the season came on the game-winning catch in the team’s comeback win over New Orleans Week 7.

Fuller is looking for an even bigger role in 2015 and he’s been a big part of the offensive attack through training camp.

He has good size and possesses track speed, which makes him a great deep threat for offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi. However, Fuller’s worked hard this offseason to increase his route tree and work on becoming a more complete receiver.

The initial results have been very positive through training camp. He's making a lot of catches – in all parts of the field – and seems to be building a nice rapport with quarterback Matthew Stafford.

Practice report: Speaking of that rapport with Stafford, he and Fuller connected on a deep post in a team drill for a touchdown in Tuesday's practice. It seems that connection has been good for at least one big play per practice.

One area Fuller continues to improve on is his blocking down field. He had a nice one on a screen today that helped spring Theo Riddick for a nice gain.

Fuller continues to run with the first-team kickoff coverage unit. As a third or fourth receiver, he’ll have to participate on teams and seems to be embracing that role.

Quotable: Head coach Jim Caldwell on Fuller:

“His speed. His ability to stretch the field for us, one-on-one matchups, obviously he can give you some problems. He’s also a very good blocker.

"Does a great job in terms of the run game so he’s a pretty versatile guy and I think you can see him getting better and better just in terms of his route running and things of that nature and he shows up for us. I anticipate him battling and doing well.”