The Detroit Lions had a single of the finest getting corps in the league as they headed into the 2020 NFL Draft.
Irrespective of possessing none of their receivers underneath contract past the stop of the season, Detroit opted to carry in just one player at the place by means of the NFL Draft — Quintez Cephus out of the University of Wisconsin. It was a shift that reunited to start with-round select Jeff Okudah with the gentleman he known as the toughest participant he had to protect in faculty.
Cephus was predicted to sit behind the trio of Kenny Golladay, Marvin Jones, and Danny Amendola, as very well as deep danger Marvin Corridor, on the depth chart. In spite of remaining powering four proficient receivers, the rookie built his NFL debut in 7 days 1 in opposition to the Chicago Bears, getting the industry for 79-p.c of offensive snaps.
The rookie was specific intensely in that match, with ten passes thrown his way. Regretably, Cephus dropped two passes only came away with 3 receptions for 43 yards.
— Detroit Lions (@Lions) December 20, 2020
Most of his rookie campaign was uneventful. Inspite of catching all 3 passes thrown his way the future 7 days, his snap counts dropped considerably. In Weeks 3 and 4, Cephus did not document any offensive stats. For the future a few weeks, he located himself inactive on video game times as a nutritious scratch.
Cephus rediscovered his location on offense halfway via the year and taken care of continuous production for the remainder of his rookie 12 months. Emerging as a versatile fourth acquiring selection for Matthew Stafford, Cephus averaged all over two receptions and 28 receiving yards per game. His drop troubles fixed as effectively, as he only dropped one particular go due to the fact his very poor functionality in Week 1.
Go deep certainly, @QoDeep_87‼️
— Detroit Lions (@Lions) December 6, 2020
The best game of his rookie marketing campaign arrived in the Week 13 victory in opposition to the Chicago Bears. Producing the most of the two receptions he experienced, Cephus took them for 63 yards and gained the to start with landing of his profession.
His remaining statline as a rookie was 20 receptions for 349 yards and two touchdowns. He also contributed a tackle on particular groups.
Heading into 2021, Detroit’s receiving corps has really the level of competition ahead of them. Jones, Golladay, and Amendola remaining in totally free agency and the Lions introduced in veterans Tyrell Williams, Breshad Perriman, Khalid Raymond, and Damion Ratley.
Cephus definitely has the size and strength to stand out from the some others and protected a part for himself, but he will have to verify that his rookie struggles had been left guiding in 2020.
At this position, he appears to be in competition at the time yet again for the third or fourth huge receiver location on the depth chart. His ability to perform on the outside and in the slot, so that really should support his bring about heading into 2021.