With the Lions receiving corps in shambles last season, Patrick Edwards knows he missed a golden opportunity to make the 53-man roster.

Lions wide receivers Nate Burleson, Ryan Broyles and Titus Young all ended the 2012 season on injured reserve, and the team desperately needed someone to step up and help take attention away from Calvin Johnson.

Edwards, who made the Lions' practice squad as an undrafted rookie last season, would have been a prime candidate to make the active roster except a left quad injury put him on injured reserve in Week 6.

"I probably would've got the call up," Edwards said. "I know I missed that opportunity, but they kept me around through the whole year, so obviously they liked something about me."

Since Edwards wasn't on the 53-man roster last season, he was eligible to compete during the Lions rookie minicamp over the weekend and used it as another opportunity to impress the coaches.

And this year, Edwards has a bit more motivation. On March 21, his son Patrick Jr. was born, an experience that has altered his priorities.

"It changed my life big time," Edwards said. "It's working for him now. I've got to get it for him, so he gives me motivation to come to work every day and get better and try to stick around."

Edwards had a prolific college career at Houston. As a senior in 2011, he was second in the FBS with 1,752 receiving yards and finished his career with 291 receptions for 4,507 yards and 43 touchdowns.

But the 5-foot-9, 175-pound Edwards wasn't drafted, and when he was on the practice squad last year, he had to adjust to being away from the spotlight.