Lions look at receivers with Nate Burleson out


The loss of wide receiver Nate Burleson for the rest of the season has left the Lions short at wide receiver as they try to turn a 2-4 start into a more impressive finish.

They spent some time Tuesday trying to find a player to help them make up for Burleson’s absence. Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports that the team worked out wide receivers on Tuesday, including a trio of players who have washed out on other teams already this season.

Deon Butler was cut by the Seahawks this summer, ending a three-year run with the team that began when they traded up to take him in the third round of the 2009 draft. Butler played just five games in 2011 because of injury and caught 57 passes while with Seattle. Legedu Naanee started the opener for the Dolphins, but was quickly removed from the starting lineup and fumbled the only pass he caught during four weeks with the team. He was released when the team signed Jabar Gaffney. Brian Robiske made the Jaguars out of camp, but was cut after one game. That ended a stint in Jacksonville that ran back to last season, although the 36th overall pick of the 2009 draft never actually made the active roster for the Jags on game day.

Titus Young and Ryan Broyles will hold down the second and third spots on the depth chart, leaving the Lions to decide what they might want from a new addition. Naanee is the best blocker and has contributed on special teams while Butler is the most intriguing pass catcher of the three.

13 responses to “Lions look at receivers with Nate Burleson out

  1. Just let Young and Broyles play. Both will develop into unique weapons. Honestly, its already a lost season in Detroit – develop the kids instead of wasting time on veteran retreads

  2. like to see a nice tall guy with hands, we have tons of speed, just need another red zone threat…burress?

  3. Lions should just add TO. They don’t have much to lose at this point. That’s the number one attribute of any team that would be looking at TO.

  4. The Lions are already a circus. Adding another attraction like Plax or T.O. almost seems too easy to make this season even crazier for them.

  5. Any of you guys think that maybe Plax/ T.O. won’t play for minimum wage? The Lions are already up against the cap.

    It sounds crazy, but these guys seem like they want to play, but they want to get paid and play to. I don’t think they will take minimum wage.

  6. I’m amazed Burress, TO, and Chad Johnson weren’t mentioned in this newsbrief. It’s like writing about Suh without calling him the origin of evil in the universe.

    I’d rather see us aquire another CB than another WR. Broyles and Young are fine young receivers and need the playing time.

  7. JC19,

    T.O. is bankrupt. He’ll pay for the veteran minimum. His creditors will make him!

    As for Plax & Ocho though, you’re probably right.

  8. why does everyone hate plax? only play im situationally and let CJ broyles and young be the main guys. but broyles and young are both shortish…we need another big body wide.

  9. I’d much rather see Broyles and Titus get more playing time. This season has gone to hell already and the “We’ll be fine with the team we had last year” mentality the Front Office had has backfired. Start the young guys. Get them Experience! Reiff, Bently, Green, and Underwood should all get their chance too.
    And for the love of God, draft a shutdown corner or Safety next year! Positions of need NOT luxury picks Mayhew.

    If they bring in another vet WR though get someone who could help as a KR or PR and cut Logan. He’s been garbage.

  10. Broyles pick is looking good now. Kid looked great on Monday Night. 3 catches, 50 yds, TD in less than a half.

    Lions don’t really need another WR. Just put Tony Scheffler out there.

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