“Kalif Raymond has been the Lions’ most dangerous receiver for the past few days. He’s getting vertical on the outside (he stepped into a top-two role when Tyrell Williams left today), and he’s breaking off some sharp, aggressive routes from the slot.”
Coach Fipp was asked about the return game before the injury and here’s what he said:
“Really excited about Kalif (Raymond), obviously brought him in from Tennessee. Really like his film. Brad (Holmes) and those guys did a great job acquiring him. He’s been great since he’s got there. I think him and (Victor) Bolden, (Tom) Kennedy, (Amon-Ra) St. Brown, (D’Angelo) Amos a little bit. All of those guys have been back there a bit, all five of them. Bolden and Raymond, really explosive players,” Fipp said.
In the bad news category, the Lions signed Darius Jennings who is another WR with NFL return man experience. In the good news category, USA Today says Kalif is a lock to make the team:
“After Tyrell Williams, the Lions wideout corps remains incredibly uncertain. About the only other players who seem truly safe to make the roster are fourth-round rookie Amon-Ra St. Brown and Kalif Raymond, and that’s in part because Raymond is running away with the return specialist gig.“
4. Cannot say enough positive things about Kalif Raymond's camp. There is not a single CB who's been able to cover him on a consistent basis -- he got behind Okudah, off a double move, for a long completion in 1-on-1s. He's only 5-8, but his speed presents a challenge outside.
Similar article in today’s Detroit News (www.detnews.com). Looks like he has a good chance of making the 53 man roster. Perhaps an HC man is what the Honolulu Blue and Silver need to snap their 63 yr. championship/1 playoff win drought.