The only NFL free agent wide receiver worth inviting to training camp for the Lions


The guy we’re really looking at is Russell Gage. Keep in mind that this is an invitation to camp that we’re talking about. This isn’t a guaranteed starting spot or even a spot on the roster. It’s an opportunity to see what’s there. 

Gage has had an interesting last few years. In 2020 and 2021 he was a solid contributor to the Falcons offense. He racked up over 90 receptions and 700 yards in consecutive seasons. Those seasons got him a three year deal with the Buccaneers in 2022. He worked well with Mike Evans and Chris Godwin and offered a third weapon for the team. 

Then an injury ended all of it. Gage suffered a torn patellar tendon during training camp last year and he wound up missing the entire season. It’s a devastating injury, but that doesn’t mean his career is over. The Bucs did not pickup his option in March and he’s now a free agent. 

There’s going to be teams that are likely to invite Gage to camp this year, the Lions should be the one that actually has him out. It’s worth a look. Gage just turned 28-years-old and probably still has some game left in him.  

What you can get out of Gage is a guy that can play both out wide and in the slot and has some decent yards after the catch ability. He can also make the contested catch as well. He would be a solid depth guy and if he’s fully healthy and ready to go, he would present a challenge for that third receiver spot. 

Oh yeah, he can also do this if you need him to. Ben Johnson would be a fan. 

Again, this is just an invite to camp that we’re talking about here. If Gage can still play, then it’s worth it. If he can’t then you move on with no harm done. 

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