Scores on trick play
Raymond caught four passes for 101 yards and one touchdown on five targets against Green Bay on Sunday.
Raymond's box score was mostly propelled by a 75-yard touchdown on a trick play from wideout Tom Kennedy, with the former's speed a major reason why the play succeeded. While he might see less playing time in 2022 even if he re-signs with the Lions, Raymond deserves credit for catching 48 receptions for 576 yards and four touchdowns on 71 targets (67.6 percent catch rate, 8.1 yards per target) despite dealing with shaky quarterback play. Even if he's more of a backup than a starter in 2022, Raymond arguably earned some benefit of the doubt if he ends up stepping into a starting role at some point.
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Chark said he has taken part in early offseason workouts with no real physical limitations, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports. "[The coaching staff] is always there to let me know like, if it's bothering me I don't have to push it as hard or things like that, cause they want me to be where I'm at my peak when the season starts. But no, I do everything that everybody else does," Chark recently said.
St. Brown acknowledged that Detroit's offseason acquisitions could lead to a lesser role than he had in the final six games of last season, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports. "Adding some receivers, I think we're a complete offense now if you ask me, so I'm excited to see what we can do," St. Brown said.
Bell signed a contract with the Lions as an undrafted free agent, Kirk D. Kenney of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
Cephus is facing added competition for snaps after the offseason acquisitions of DJ Chark and Jameson Williams (knee), Nick Baumgardner and Chris Burke of The Athletic report.
The orthopedic surgeon who led Williams' (knee) reconstructive ACL surgery indicated that the receiver's knee injury did not involve damage to other ligaments, and it is possible that Williams could gain medical clearance ahead of training camp, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports. "Jameson's goal is to play first preseason game, obviously. I told him, I said, 'Look, depending on which team you go to, most teams are probably - they're going to be very conservative. You've got to understand that,'" said Dr. Lyle Cain of Andrews Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center.
Goff is facing a make-or-break season after Detroit spent its offseason improving his supporting cast without acquiring a potential successor at quarterback, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.
St. Brown is being joined by 2022 first-round draft pick Jameson Williams within the Lions' receiving corps, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.
Mitchell (knee) expects to receive full medical clearance by June, Benjamin Raven of MLive.com reports. "I'm seven months out, seven months and some weeks," Mitchell said. "I'm pretty much back. I'm doing everything from running, cutting, running routes. I'm expected to be fully cleared by June at the latest. I'll be ready to go by training camp. I'm excited."
The Lions selected Mitchell (knee) in the fifth round of the 2022 NFL Draft, 177th overall.