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2024 training camp preview: Wide receiver

On the roster: Amon-Ra St. Brown, Jameson Williams, Kalif Raymond, Donovan Peoples-Jones, Antoine Green, Daurice Fountain, Maurice Alexander, Tre'Quan Smith, Tom Kennedy, Isaiah Williams, Jalon Calhoun, Kaden Davis

Key losses: Josh Reynolds

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Name Games Rec. Yards Avg. TD
Amon-Ra St. Brown 16 119 1,515 12.7 10
Jameson Wiliams 12 24 354 14.8 2
Kalif Raymond 17 35 489 14.0 1
Donovan Peoples-Jones# 15 13 155 11.9 0
Antoine Green 9 1 2 2.0 0
Isaiah Williams* 12 82 1,055 12.9 5
Jalon Calhoun* 13 50 666 13.3 4
Tre'Quan Smith^ 1 0 0 0.0 0
Maurice Alexander 0 0 0 0.0 0
Tom Kennedy 0 0 0 0.0 0
Daurice Fountain 0 0 0 0.0 0
Kaden Davis 0 0 0 0.0 0

^with another team *college stats #with Lions & another team

Best competition: Final roster spots

St. Brown, Williams, Raymond and Peoples-Jones are the top four heading into training camp with Williams, Raymond and Peoples-Jones expected to take on bigger roles with Reynolds now in Denver.

The Lions kept five receivers on the initial 53-man roster out of training camp last season and what will be fun and interesting to watch over the course of camp is which players emerge for the final spot(s).

The coaches seem pretty excited about the gains Green has made going into his second season, a time when players usually take their biggest leap in development. His speed and deep-ball threat could be a good complement to Williams. He just needed the game to slow down a bit for him and that looks to be the case heading into camp.

Another player to keep an eye on is Fountain. He had a really nice spring and offers a little bit bigger frame at 6-foot-2, 210 pounds.

Can Alexander, Kennedy or the undrafted rookie Williams do enough in camp and the preseason to earn a spot? The coaches know Smith well from their time together in New Orleans. Could he impress? It will be a fun competition to watch develop.

Twentyman's take: Reynolds' 64 targets are set to go elsewhere in 2024 and Williams is a prime candidate to see a significant uptick heading into his third season. The Lions will miss Reynolds' reliability and that's what Williams has to prove he can provide. We all know he's a big play waiting to happen, but being someone Jared Goff can count on to make a tough, contested catch over the middle of the field on third down in a tight window is just as important. Williams looked much more comfortable this spring and was making catches all over the field, not just the deep ball, though he made plenty of those plays too.

Raymond also had a terrific spring. Sometimes fans forget how reliable he is. Goff has a ton of confidence in him. Don't be surprised if he sees a big uptick in the 35 passes he caught last season.

It was good to see St. Brown rewarded with a big contract this offseason after a historic three-year run to start his career. He anchors the unit. 100-plus catches, 1,000-plus yards and 10-plus touchdowns are the baseline of expectations for him now. He is so fun to watch with the connection he and Goff have.

Overall, it's not a deep wide receiver unit in terms of experience, but there are playmakers and reliable hands among the group.

View photos from Detroit Lions wide receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown's trip to Germany including a youth football camp, neighborhood tour and more.

By the numbers:

3: St. Brown is one of just three players in NFL history to have at least 90 receptions in each of their first three seasons.

9: 100-yard receiving performances for St. Brown last season, which led the NFL. Tyreek Hill (Miami) and CeeDee Lamb (Dallas) were second with eight such performances.

16: Detroit led the NFL with 16 games of at least 325 total net yards, which tied for the most a team has had in a season in NFL history.

24: Number of dropped passes by Lions pass catchers last season, their 5.6 drop percentage ranked 22nd in the league last year.

53.4: The Lions led the NFL with a contested target catch percentage of 54.4 percent, producing 39 catches on 73 contested targets.

85: The Lions ranked second in the NFL with 85 plays of 20-plus yards last season. They ranked third with 70 passes of 20-plus yards and fourth with 15 rushes of 20-plus.

126: Points scored outside the red zone last season, which speaks to the offense's big-play ability.

Quotable: "We started this thing (offseason training program) back in April and you have Phase I for a couple of weeks, then we've been on the grass for three weeks in Phase II, which has been routes on air and fundamentals and individual and doing all this," Lions head coach Dan Campbell said this offseason.

"We're two practices in (to Phase III) and if you said, 'Give me one player who is the most improved from that start to finish over that time?' Jamo is that guy right now. He is a man on a mission and I'm just going to leave it at that."

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