Ryan Broyles ready, willing and able to contribute

Posted Oct 3, 2014

Like a true professional, Ryan Broyles has stayed prepared. And when given the opportunity to play, he's made the most of it.

Practice concluded around 12:20 for the Detroit Lions on Friday, but it didn’t end right there for receiver Ryan Broyles. He was still on the field getting some extra work in on the jugs machine when the media walked past the indoor field on the way to the locker room. He was the only player on the field.

“Matt (Stafford) throws the ball fast, you know what I mean, and I haven’t had much work with him throughout the season, so I was just trying to get up to speed,” he said.

Broyles is right, he hasn’t gotten a lot of time in with Stafford over the last month. He was inactive the first three games and got his first opportunity to play this season just last week in New York.

Ryan BroylesWR Ryan Broyles (Photo: Detroit Lions)

Like a true professional, however, Broyles has stayed ready and when given the opportunity to play five snaps on offense against the Jets, he made the most of them. He converted a key 3rd and 2 in the third quarter with a 21-yard catch down to the Jets 27-yard line in what ended up being the winning touchdown drive for the Lions.

“I’ve said it all along, we’re professional athletes,” Broyles said Friday. “Whenever you’re called upon … I’m in this locker room for a reason.”

Broyles can be a playmaker when healthy and offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi plans to utilize Broyles a little bit differently moving forward than he’s been used here in the past. This year he’s learned every receiver spot, not just the slot.

“I think it evolves,” Broyles said of his role. “Obviously I’m the last guy in the rotation, so they’re pulling guys out and putting me in spots so I pretty much have to know all the positions.”

Receiver coach Robert Prince said Broyles has been very astute in the meeting room this year wanting to know what every receiver's responsibility is.

Broyles was extremely successful as both an outside and slot receiver in college at Oklahoma. He likes the fact that he’s getting a chance to do everything in Lombardi’s offense.

“This year is doesn’t matter how big how fast or how tall you are, coach Lombardi puts guys in places to win,” he said.

Broyles is likely to be active again this week with tight end Joseph Fauria set to miss a second straight week.

“The guy is a playmaker,” Stafford said of Broyles “Every time he gets an opportunity even in the preseason he was taking advantage of it.

“Even last year and two years ago when he was playing he had some big games. Had a big one on Thanksgiving (six catches for 126 yards in 2012). He has that ability in him, for sure, he just has to get his feet wet again, which he will, and he’ll be good to go.”