Lions officially place Burleson on IR, sign Brian Robiskie


The Lions held workouts for a group of veteran wide receivers on Tuesday in hopes of finding someone to take Nate Burleson’s spot on the roster for the rest of the season.

They have decided on the winner of that little contest. The team officially placed Burleson, who is expected to be sidelined eight months by a broken leg, on injured reserve and signed Brian Robiskie. Deon Butler and Legedu Naanee reportedly worked out for the team along with Robiskie, who was released by the Jaguars after the first week of the regular season.

Robiskie will fill Burleson’s slot on the roster, but he won’t take his place in the lineup. Robiskie has just 39 career catches and hasn’t played in a regular season game since being released by the Browns during the 2011 season.

Titus Young and Ryan Broyles will get first crack at increased playing time with Burleson out of the lineup while Robiskie will mostly be focusing on special teams work in the coming weeks. Given his lackluster track record since being taken in the second round of the 2009 draft by the Browns, it’s hard to imagine that he’ll wind up doing much more than that over the course of the season.

9 responses to “Lions officially place Burleson on IR, sign Brian Robiskie

  1. Man, what happened to Robiskie? So much hype on him prior to draft. Plus, his dad is a WR coach in NFL.


  2. saberstud75 says: Oct 24, 2012 4:49 PM

    Man, what happened to Robiskie? So much hype on him prior to draft. Plus, his dad is a WR coach in NFL.


    He got drafted by the browns…

  3. Here’s WalterFootball’s summary:

    Robiske is a good solid receiver with great intelligence. His biggest asset is his understanding of the position. Robiskie reads the coverage well and has great quickness. He runs impeccable routes with great explosion out of the cuts. Because of his technical excellence, Robiskie can make an impact sooner rather than later. Robiskie probably has the best hands in the draft and that will make him an asset immediately. Robiskie’s initial quickness and cutting ability makes him viable contender for returning punts, but he is by no means just going to run away from the defense. Robiskie needs to improve his strength and blocking techniques to make him a more all around WR. Robiskie is going to fit into someone’s scheme very well as a No. 2 or 3 receiver.

    Rated him a 6.4
    Numerical Final Grade Scale: 6.3-6.4 – Very good starter

  4. Look I’m a Lions fan but let’s be realistic…He’s soooooo good and such a viable starter that the explosive offenses of the Jags and Browns cut him??? Seems legit.

  5. What’s with the constant and erroneous bashing of the Lions’ secondary? There are a lot of units out there playing a hell of a lot worse than these guys are.

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