Kris Durham performing his way into the wide receiver mix

Posted Aug 4, 2013

The 6-foot-6 Durham has turned heads so far at training camp, keeping him in the conversation for the fourth or fifth receiver spots

Kris Durham is the tallest receiver on the Lions roster at 6-foot-6 and is using that size advantage to be a pretty good red zone weapon so far in training camp.

Durham got the fans, and his offensive teammates, going earlier this week in practice when he made two terrific back-to-back touchdown catches over cornerback Domonique Johnson.

The second, a very difficult back-shoulder catch, prompted teammates Nate Burleson, Joique Bell, and Mikel Leshoure to storm the field to congratulate him.

"I've just been able to make the play," said Durham, who made another catch in the end zone over a defender on Saturday.

The Lions ranked fifth in the NFL in red zone touchdown efficiency last year at 60 percent, but could always use more weapons down there. Durham, with his height and added strength (seven pounds from 2012), is as good a candidate as anyone.

"With my height and my size, there's no reason why I shouldn't be able to get up and get some balls," he said.

Durham was signed to the Lions' practice squad after training camp last season after he was cut by Seattle. He was activated to the roster for the team's final four games and finished with eight catches for 125 yards and a touchdown.

He said he's worked hard on improving his physicality this offseason and is glad to have an entire offseason and training camp to be in this offense.

"I've been trying to be stronger and attack and don't back down," Durham said. "I'm getting more confidence in the offense and kind of just understanding what I should be able to do and just trying to use my size."

If the next five weeks go as well as the first one did for Durham, his name will very much be in the mix for those open fourth and fifth receiver spots.