MLive.com considers Ryan Broyles a breakout candidate this season.
Broyles is recovering from a torn right ACL, and the Lions' only notable offseason receiver addition was sixth-round pick Corey Fuller. They must feel comfortable with Broyles' progress. In a six-game stretch last season, Broyles caught 21 passes for 307 yards and two touchdowns. Broyles is questionable for Week 1, but once he's back he'll have a ton of potential in the Lions' high-powered attack while working opposite Megatron.
Lions backup QB Shaun Hill is recovering from a minor offseason foot surgery.
Hill had surgery to repair a "nagging" injury. He expects to participate in some portions of OTAs and should be 100 percent by training camp. Hill, now 33 years old, is entering a contract season. As Matthew Stafford stayed healthy in 2012, Hill came off the bench for just one appearance, completing 10-of-13 passes for 172 yards and two touchdowns in a September loss to Tennessee.
Reggie Bush believes the Lions' offense is a "lot like" the Saints'.
"It's a lot of spread-open passing," Bush said. "Obviously we can attack downfield, and with the running game, a lot of screens, draws and stuff like that. Basically what I did in New Orleans." He's not off-base, and it's one of the reasons we believe coach Jim Schwartz was realistic when he predicted Bush could catch as many as 80 passes this season. He's going to be a PPR dynamo.
Lions second-year CB Bill Bentley is rehabbing from surgery on both shoulders.
Bentley had surgery on his right shoulder in November and an arthroscopic procedure on his left shoulder in January. The Detroit Free Press expects Bentley to be the Lions' nickel back this season behind Darius Slay and Chris Houston.
Lions claimed CB De'Quan Menzie off waivers from the Chiefs.
A 2012 fifth-round pick of the Chiefs, Menzie's rookie season was a wash due to injury. A slot specialist, Menzie is a solid 5-foot-11, 202 pounds, but hast just 4.67 speed. It's why the Chiefs moved him to safety before shifting him back to corner. He's not a bad flier for the DB-needy Lions.
The Detroit Free Press considers the Lions' right-tackle job a "two-man competition" between Jason Fox and Corey Hilliard.
The duo combined for only one appearance last season. Hilliard has five career starts to Fox's zero. The Lions presumably want Fox to win the job after spending the offseason talking him up, but injuries have helped limit him to just five games since he was the No. 128 overall pick of the 2010 draft. The Lions recently hosted free agent Winston Justice for a visit, and could still add outside competition.
Sixth-round RB Theo Riddick was mostly working behind undrafted free agent Steven Miller in Lions rookie minicamp.
It may have just been a way for the Lions to get a longer look at Miller, but it's proof Riddick's roster spot is far from assured. With Reggie Bush, Mikel Leshoure and Joique Bell all locks for roster spots, Riddick is going to have to be on his game in training camp.