Durham’s second-quarter catch gained 27 yards and set up the Lions’ second TD and a 14-0 lead. NFL.com rated it No. 3 for the week.
On a personal level, Durham couldn’t have asked for much more for his first start of the season, and his first game as a Lion. He was promoted from the practice squad earlier in the week and told he would start opposite Johnson.
Johnson praised Durham for his performance against the Packers – four catches for 54 yards – and thought he was shortchanged in the NFL.com’s ratings.
“It should have been No. 1,” Johnson said. “I was very excited for him to see him make that play. Not just because it was a heck of a play. It got us in scoring position.”
It was a big night for Durham for a lot of reasons. His promotion to the active roster came because injuries have depleted the Lions at wide receiver. Injuries have put
The catch was a highlight for Durham, and so was the setting for his first game as a Lion.
“That’s probably the top,” he said. “I played in some big games in college. When you think of the NFL and the history of the NFL, you think of Lambeau and the snow.”
Durham was drafted by Seattle on the fourth round out of Georgia last year and had three receptions for 30 yards. When the Seahawks cut him at the end of training camp, the Lions signed him to the practice squad.
At 6-6 and 216 pounds, he’s a big target for Stafford. The two were teammates at Georgia, and they’ve been roommates since Durham came to Detroit.
“That was a great play - a great play in a normal game by anybody,” Stafford said of Durham's big catch. “Your first game in a while, and a snowstorm, makes it that much better. I thought he played well.
“Obviously, we left some plays out there. We had some chances. But for his first showing in a while and first showing with us, I thought he played pretty well.”
Durham is in the same situation as dozens of players in the NFL. There teams might be out of playoff contention, but they can make an impression with their performance in the last few games.
“It’s a big opportunity,” Durham said. “I have a great chance to come in and show what I can do for this organization. Hopefully, I’ll take advantage of that and continue to work hard and do everything I need to do.
“You never know. This preseason, I was in Seattle, and now I’m here. You never know where I’m going to be at.”