Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official website has given wide receiver Ryan Broyles a tag that fantasy owners have been giving him for the past couple of months. Twentyman wrote Tuesday that Broyles is a "likely breakout candidate" this season because Broyles "has a unique ability to decipher man versus zone concepts and find the open spaces in the defense. Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford refers to him as a 'chain mover.' He's a 50-catch candidate this season."
Broyles tore his right ACL about seven and a half months ago and is ahead of schedule with his rehab. He even took part in some drills during June minicamp.
I think 50 is a low number for Broyles if he is healthy. He will probably be limited during training camp, but I expect him to be full go by the start of the regular season. He caught 22 passes between Week 7 and Week 13 last year before his injury. If Broyles makes it through an entire season, it shouldn't take him long to pass Nate Burleson in the pecking order, and I think his reception total will be between 60-70, especially in an offense that threw more than 700 passes last season with no change of philosophy in sight. A healthy Broyles could be a huge value pick as a WR4/WR5.