Former Georgia Bulldog wide receiver Kris Durham isn’t letting another opportunity get past him in this, his still very young, professional football career. In his first full season as a Detroit Lion he’s made his presence felt both on the football field and, to this point—even on a squad featuring the all-world talent of Calvin Johnson AKA Megatron—has made a strong case for continued playing time when the injured Nate Burleson returns in another week or two.
Durham, for the most part, is only showing the Lions what he showcased for the fans in Georgia during his senior season in Athens; a season in which he went from virtual unknown to fourth-round draft pick after finishing the season with 32 receptions, 659 yards, and three scores; he was second only to A.J. Green that year (Green was suspended the first four games for a jersey incident). He followed that up with a solid enough showing at his Pro Day to net the interest of the Seattle Seahawks; they would eventually draft him.
He wasn’t able to do much after year one in Seattle and was eventually released, thanks in large part to injury, but he has seen his stock rise a bit higher in Detroit with Matthew Stafford, his former Bulldog teammate to catch passes from on Sundays. Will the connection continue? It’s hard to say, but Durham is enjoying the ride and taking every opportunity for what it’s worth.
“I can’t control what they decide to do with me,” he said. “I can just control my effort, my attitude and everything I put into it. I just focus on that.” (Josh Katzenstein, Detroit News)