Raymond is re-signing with the Lions, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: Raymond is a 27-year-old journeyman who made 14 starts for Detroit last season and finished with career highs across the board (48-576-4 on 71 targets). He'll be back with the Lions, but there's significant danger of slipping down the depth chart, especially after the team reached an agreement earlier Tuesday with former Jags wideout D.J. Chark. Prior to that, the Lions signed Josh Reynolds to a two-year extension, giving them another experienced option behind Chark and second-year receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown.
Mar 15, 2022 12:41 PM EST
Raymond caught four passes for 101 yards and one touchdown on five targets against Green Bay on Sunday.
Analysis: Raymond's box score was mostly propelled by a 75-yard touchdown on a trick play from wideout Tom Kennedy, but Raymond's speed is part of why that play worked as well as it did, and more importantly the game rounds out what has quietly been a commendable season by the journeyman wideout. While he might see less playing time in 2022 even if he re-signs with the Lions, Raymond deserves credit for catching 48 receptions for 576 yards and four touchdowns on 71 targets (67.6 percent catch rate, 8.1 yards per target) despite dealing with shaky quarterback play. Even if he's more of a backup than a starter in 2022, Raymond arguably earned some benefit of the doubt if he ends up stepping into a starting role for whatever reason.
Jan 9, 2022 2:06 PM EST
Raymond (illness) was activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list Tuesday, Justin Rogers of The Detroit News reports.
Analysis: Raymond missed Sunday's loss to the Seahawks after being placed on the COVID-19 list last week, but he's now back on the active roster ahead of the season finale. The 27-year-old has 44 receptions for 475 yards and three touchdowns this season, and he should work as Detroit's No. 3 wide receiver this weekend against the Packers behind Amon-Ra St. Brown and Josh Reynolds.
Jan 4, 2022 7:47 PM EST
Raymond (illness) won't be available for Sunday's game in Seattle after the Lions didn't activate him from the reserve/COVID-19 list prior to Saturday's deadline for week 17 roster moves, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.
Analysis: Raymond was placed on the list Thursday after testing positive for the virus, so he never seemed likely to test out of the NFL's COVID-19 protocol prior to Sunday's contest. With Josh Reynolds (illness) also sidelined Week 17 after testing positive for the virus Monday, the Lions won't have much in the way of established depth behind No. 1 wideout Amon-Ra St. Brown. The Lions' remaining four available receivers -- KhaDarel Hodge, Trinity Benson, Tom Kennedy and Javon McKinley -- have combined for 20 catches for 191 yards during their NFL careers.
Jan 2, 2022 5:39 AM EST
The Lions placed Raymond on the reserve/COVID-19 list Thursday.
Analysis: Raymond becomes the second Detroit receiver to go on the list this week, joining Josh Reynolds. The 27-year-old theoretically has a chance to test out of the protocol before Sunday's game against the Seahawks if he's vaccinated and asymptomatic of the virus, but he'll most likely miss his first game of the season, given the timing of his placement on the list. If both Raymond and Reynolds are out this weekend, Detroit would have to rely on Tom Kennedy, KhaDarel Hodge and Trinity Benson to mix in for reps behind No. 1 wideout Amon-Ra St. Brown.
Dec 30, 2021 1:33 PM EST
Raymond caught three of five targets for 12 yards while rushing once for five yards during Sunday's 20-16 loss to Atlanta.
Analysis: Playing through a shoulder injury, Raymond remained the third wheel behind Amon-Ra St. Brown (11 targets) and Josh Reynolds (seven) in the passing game. Only St. Brown managed any meaningful production with backup QB Tim Boyle, who struggled to complete passes down the field. Even if Jared Goff (COVID-19) manages to return in Week 17 against Seattle, Raymond will remain an inadvisable fantasy option.
Dec 26, 2021 2:50 PM EST
Raymond (shoulder) will play Sunday against the Falcons.
Analysis: Raymond was able to practice in a limited capacity all week, so his ability to suit up isn't unexpected. Raymond has had an inconsistent season with spiked weeks occasionally, but mostly producing subpar results. With Jared Goff on the COVID list and Tim Boyle drawing the start, Raymond's chances of a better than usual outing are reduced. Last time Boyle started in Week 11 against the Browns, Raymond played 70 percent of the snaps on offense and tallied one target with no receptions.
Dec 26, 2021 9:00 AM EST
Detroit lists Raymond (shoulder) as questionable for Sunday's game in Atlanta.
Analysis: Raymond was able to practice in a limited capacity all week, which seemingly bodes well for his chances of getting the green light to play Sunday, despite his designation. Since raising eyebrows with a six-catch, 115-yard outing Week 7 against the Rams, Raymond has failed to come anywhere close to reaching those marks in any of his subsequent seven outings, combining to produce a 15-129-1 receiving line over 22 targets. With backup quarterback Tim Boyle stepping in at quarterback this week with regular starter Jared Goff (illness) not expected to be activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list prior to Sunday, Raymond is unlikely to reverse his trend of underwhelming stat lines.
Dec 24, 2021 12:31 PM EST
Raymond (shoulder) was a limited participant in Thursday's practice.
Analysis: For the second day in a row, Raymond and fellow wideout Josh Reynolds (thigh) had their reps capped in practice. So long as the two receivers are able to practice again in some fashion Friday, Raymond and Reynolds should be on track to play Sunday in Atlanta, though one or both could carry a questionable tag into the contest. Raymond has played 60-plus percent of the Lions' offensive snaps in all but one of his 14 appearances this season, putting together a 41-463-3 receiving line on 61 targets.
Dec 23, 2021 1:32 PM EST
Raymond (shoulder) was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice session.
Analysis: Raymond secured two of three targets for 20 yards in Sunday's win over the Cardinals, but he apparently sustained a shoulder injury during the matchup. The severity of the issue isn't yet clear, but Tom Kennedy and KhaDarel Hodge should see a slight uptick in playing time if Raymond is sidelined Sunday against Atlanta.
Dec 22, 2021 2:50 PM EST
Raymond caught two of three targets for 20 yards during Sunday's 30-12 win over Arizona.
Analysis: Raymond saw just as much playing time as Amon-Ra St. Brown and Josh Reynolds, but he was the odd man out in terms of production. With St. Brown thriving underneath and Josh Reynolds more effective down the field, it wouldn't be a surprise if Raymond's production remains modest down the stretch. Accordingly, Raymond is not a recommended fantasy option in any format entering Week 16 against Atlanta, especially now that Jared Goff (COVID-19) could miss time.
Dec 20, 2021 4:47 PM EST
Raymond caught four of five targets for 31 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 38-10 loss to the Broncos.
Analysis: He provided Detroit's lone highlight of the day, catching a seven-yard score in the second quarter. Raymond hadn't gotten into the end zone since Week 4 and hasn't reached 40 yards in a game since Week 7, giving him little fantasy appeal heading into a Week 15 clash with the Cardinals.
Dec 12, 2021 6:54 PM EST
Raymond secured two of two targets for 33 yards during Sunday's 29-27 win over Minnesota.
Analysis: Raymond saw a couple of targets in the first half but wasn't heard from again after that. Meanwhile, Amon-Ra St. Brown paced the team with 10 receptions on 12 targets for 86 yards while Josh Reynolds operated as the top perimeter option. Perhaps Raymond can become more productive as a tertiary threat going forward, but thus far he hasn't done much as a receiver since Reynolds came to town.
Dec 5, 2021 5:15 PM EST
Raymond caught three of four targets for 16 yards during Thursday's 16-14 loss to Chicago.
Analysis: Raymond again did little with the opportunities he saw. Meanwhile, Josh Reynolds -- who caught three passes for 70 yards and a score -- continues to rise to the top of the depth chart. Considering Raymond was hardly a fantasy option when he was the Lions' No. 1 receiver, his floor will probably get even lower if Reynolds continues on as Jared Goff's top option.
Nov 25, 2021 2:47 PM EST
Raymond failed to catch his lone target during Sunday's 13-10 loss to Cleveland.
Analysis: On a dreary day in Cleveland, Raymond wasn't able to get anything going with backup quarterback Tim Boyle, who was replacing Jared Goff (ribs) for at least one week. If Goff remains out in Week 12 against Chicago, Raymond won't be anywhere on the fantasy radar, though he is hardly anything more than an afterthought with Goff under center anyway.
Nov 21, 2021 4:43 PM EST
Raymond caught four of six targets for 29 yards in Sunday's 16-16 tie with Pittsburgh.
Analysis: Raymond and the rest of the Lions' pass catchers struggled to get anything going Sunday with Jared Goff throwing for a dismal 114 yards. The wideout played on 65 percent of Detroit's offensive snaps, marking his second-lowest percentage of the season. Raymond's six targets, however, were tied for the team-high in the contest. The 27-year-old will look to bounce back when the Lions square off against the Browns in Week 11.
Nov 16, 2021 9:58 PM EST
Raymond was targeted once but he did not record a catch during Sunday's 44-6 loss to the Eagles.
Analysis: Coming off a 100-yard outing against the Rams, Raymond laid a goose egg against a previously beatable Eagles defense. However, tough coverage from cornerback Darius Slay certainly played a role, not to mention the fact that only nine of Jared Goff's 34 pass attempts were directed at wide receivers. Considering he entered the week averaging 5.6 targets per game, Raymond should see a heavier workload in Week 10 against Pittsburgh when Detroit returns from its Week 9 bye.
Oct 31, 2021 6:54 PM EST
Raymond is stepping up as a top receiving option in the absence of Tyrell Williams (concussion) and Quintez Cephus (collarbone), Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports. "I love getting him the ball as much as I can and I'm starting to build a good rapport with him," quarterback Jared Goff said.
Analysis: With Cephus likely done for the year and there being no word of a nearing return for Williams, only Amon-Ra St. Brown remains to challenge Raymond for looks amongst Lions wide receivers. Of course, tight end T.J. Hockenson and running back D'Andre Swift are still the focal points of the passing game, but Raymond has nonetheless totaled 15 targets in two games since Cephus went down while St. Brown saw seven. Given how often Detroit needs to throw the ball, it's possible this heightened usage could continue as long as Williams remains sidelined, which could lead to useful fantasy production given how Raymond has averaged over 11 yards per catch in four of the five games in which he handled more than two targets this year.
Oct 27, 2021 12:27 PM EST
Raymond caught six receptions for 115 yards on eight targets against the Rams on Sunday.
Analysis: Raymond has made some impressive plays over the past few years, but Sunday's game might be the best of his career to this point. Quarterback Jared Goff rarely makes it easy and struggled like usual Sunday, completing just 22 of 36 passes for 268 yards (61.1 percent completed, 7.4 yards per attempt), which makes Raymond's box score (75 percent caught, 14.4 yards per target) that much more impressive. He's somewhat overmatched in his current lead wideout role, but his usage seems locked into place as long as Quintez Cephus (collarbone) and Tyrell Williams (concussion) are out. Raymond has a home game against the Eagles in Week 8.
Oct 24, 2021 5:19 PM EST
Raymond caught six of seven targets for 37 yards during Sunday's 34-11 loss to Cincinnati.
Analysis: Raymond tied D'Andre Swift and Amon-Ra St. Brown for second place amongst Lions players in targets, but he was bottled up alongside everyone else not named T.J. Hockenson. With Quintez Cephus sidelined and Tyrell Williams (concussion) a question mark to return in the near future, Raymond should continue to handle a decent role in the Lions offense, though his upside will continue to be severely capped by the limitations of quarterback Jared Goff.
Oct 17, 2021 2:49 PM EST
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