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Can KhaDarel Hodge Make An Impact With Lions?

  • The Draft Network
  • September 1, 2021
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NFL teams have been busy on Wednesday afternoon looking for ways to improve their personnel following Tuesday’s 4 p.m. ET deadline that saw all 32 teams cut down their rosters from 80 to an initial 53. With less than two weeks remaining before the regular season kicks off, the time for fine-tuning is quickly running out.

One of Wednesday’s more intriguing additions occurred when the Detroit Lions claimed former Cleveland Browns and Los Angeles Rams receiver KhaDarel Hodge off the waiver wire, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

 It represents a best-case scenario for Hodge, who had no say in his next destination. He now joins a Lions receiving room that is absolutely starved for talent at the position. Prior to adding Hodge, Detroit appeared set to enter their Week 1 opener against the San Francisco 49ers with the quartet of Quintez Cephus, Kalif Raymond, Tyrell Williams, and Amon-Ra St. Brown as their top four receivers.

Williams didn’t play in 2020 after suffering a season-ending injury in late August, St. Brown is a fourth-round rookie, Cephus is an inexperienced second-year player, and Raymond caught nine passes for the Tennessee Titans last campaign. Yikes.

Enter Hodge, who played in nine games for the Browns a year ago and averaged 16.4 yards per catch on 11 total receptions and 180 yards while also playing a role on special teams. The production isn’t anything to write home about, but Hodge is entering a much different situation in Detroit than the one he’s leaving in Cleveland. He was buried on a Browns depth chart that was loaded with pass-catchers. Players like Jarvis Landry, Donovan Peoples-Jones, Rashard Higgins, and a when-healthy Odell Beckham Jr. kept Hodge off the field a year ago, but he won’t encounter anything that even resembles that kind of talent in Detroit.

Hodge broke into the league as an undrafted free agent with the Rams when… yup, you guessed it, Jared Goff was the quarterback and current Lions general manager Brad Holmes was the director of college scouting. Hodge now reunites with both Goff and Holmes in Detroit, where a big opportunity is there for the taking.

Hodge is a big-bodied pass catcher that could make an immediate impact in Detroit.

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