The Detroit Lions had an offense in 2013 that looked like it would blow defenses away, and while it indeed showed flashes of greatness, Detroit fizzled out in characteristic fashion. With Jim Caldwell in town to change the team’s fortunes, one focus the Lions have of rate offseason is finding a compliment for Calvin Johnson.
General manager Martin Mayhew spoke recently about the Lions plans and noted that a wide net would be cast to find the best No. 2 option possible.
We want guys that, if, for whatever reason Calvin is getting doubled or he’s not playing in a particular game, that he can go out and make plays by himself. That was one of our things last year, when Calvin was injured, we struggled offensively a lot of times to get off or other players to get off. We’re going to be looking for receivers who can win one-on-one battles, win one-on-one matchups and make plays down the field.”
It’s unclear if the Lions will spend in free agency to get another top target or if they’ll draft a receiver, ala the Bears drafting Alshon Jeffery to compliment Brandon Marshall. Either way, the Lions are making receiver a priority in the offseason and Mathew Stafford is a happy camper.