With the Lions not addressing the need at WR until the 4th round (5th pick), it seems as though we know what this offense will be doing in 2021.
Running the ball and passing it to TJ Hockenson.
Hockenson was 5th in targets last season with 101, and now without Kenny Golladay, Marvin Jones, or Danny Amendola, Hock can easily lead the Lions in targets in 2021.
Not only do the Lions have the most vacated targets of any team coming into 2021, they have the most vacated air yards, and the most vacated end zone targets, according to FantasyPros’ research.
Jared Goff has targeted the TE position at a 22% rate over the past two seasons, which is top-10 over that period.
Can Hockenson see 130 targets this year? According to Pro-Football-Reference, out of all the tight ends who have done so in the past 20 years, only 5 of the 26 didn’t hit 1000 yards, and none had less than 82 catches.
As a prospect, 4th round rookie Amon-Ra St. Brown isn’t someone who is expected to come in and demand targets on Day 1. However, if he’s moved to the slot like he was at USC, he gets a lot more interesting.
Outside of St. Brown, the top of the existing WR depth chart leaves a lot to be desired: Tyrell Williams, Breshad Parriman, and Quintez Cephus.