Dec 16, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson (81) during the game against the Baltimore Ravens at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Rumors: Detroit Lions looking for No. 2 receiver to complement Calvin Johnson


The Detroit Lions fizzled out in an embarrassing way at the end of 2013, but they’re going to try and reverse all of that in 2014 by finding some more targets for Matthew Stafford. Finding a receiving threat to add to Stafford’s arsenal goes beyond just helping the Lions’ quarterback as it would also make Calvin Johnson even more valuable.

According to new Lions head coach Jim Caldwell, finding a No. 2 to lineup with Johnson is something the team is making a priority this offseason.

Per the Detroit Free Press:

“I think that’s extremely important, so I think that’s something that, obviously, we’ve taken a good, hard look at and, one way or another, we’re going to come up with a guy that’s going to give us some balance in that area.”

Johnson has been a man on an island lately as he’s gotten hardly any assistance in the passing game. He almost always draws double coverage which helps make his stats even more amazing. But adding a No. 2 to draw coverage away from him will only improve Johnson and that Lions are wise to look into the matter.

It’s unclear if the Lions will add one of the splashy free agent names on the market or draft a complement, but it’s clear they want to start the 2014 season with two serious receiving threats on offense.

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  • JudKast

    Another big with good hands to complement Calvin Johnson with all the attention – along with helping Stafford at line and with his pass selections will be momentous. Also, backs for defense and CHEMISTRY ARE A MUST FOR SUCCESS.

  • straw walker

    Watkins will not be available, so that leaves Lee, who seems to have instinct to get open, Matthew who is going to be a super star in the NFL and Cooks