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Ryan Broyles Could Be Entering His Final Season With Lions

Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press writes that former second-round pick WR Ryan Broyles is likely down to his final opportunity with the Lions.

Lions GM Martin Mayhew mentioned a few weeks ago that he’s looking forward to seeing Broyles develops in the coming months after he was relegated to the bench for much of the 2014 season.

“I would have loved to have seen him get out on the field and play for us,” Mayhew said earlier this month. “Unfortunately, there were guys ahead of him, and they stayed relatively healthy for the most part. So the reason why he didn’t play was because nobody got hurt. The other guys were featured in our offense, we had plans for those guys in the offense, and he was our first reserve off the bench.

Head coach Jim Caldwell has said that Broyles is directly behind Golden Tate, who managed to put together a Pro Bowl season during his first year in Detroit.

One of the issues for Broyles has been the fact that he’s sustained serious injuries dating back to his final year in college, which has really hurt his development in the NFL.

Broyles, 26, still has another year remaining on his four-year, $3.678 million rookie contract, which includes a base salary of $660,000 for the 2015 season.

In 2014, Broyles appeared in just fives games and caught two passes for 25 yards receiving after playing only 35 snaps, according to Pro Football Focus.