ALLEN PARK, Mich. —
Young and Broyles are providing the offense with finesse.
Since receiver Nate Burleson broke his right leg last month, Young and Broyles have made the most of the double- and triple-coverage schemes teams use to slow down Calvin Johnson.
In the last three games, Young has 17 catches for 201 yards and two TDs while Broyles has 12 receptions for 140 yards and two scores. Broyles was brought along slowly by Detroit because he tore a ligament in his left knee during his ninth game as a senior last year at Oklahoma.
“It was a little frustrating, but they did a good job of holding me back,” he said. “It turned out to be a blessing in disguise. It’s Week 9 and I’m full of energy because I’ve really only played in three games.”
Detroit drafted Reiff 23rd overall this year for depth, but he has been ready enough to start three games — including the last two — as an extra offensively lineman that has basically become a blocking tight end.
The Lions have scored 10 times on the ground — their highest total through eight games since 1990 — and Reiff has been on the field for their last five TDs rushing.
“He’s given our run game an incredible boost,” Schwartz said. “The offensive line has blocked very well and he’s a big part of that.”