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Lions' WR Burleson knows his role

Nate Burleson might be the best-dressed Lion on game days -- or maybe not. One thing for sure is that the Lions wide receiver will make an impact on the field. He's had a solid offseason in Detroit during OTAs and the recent minicamp.

Burleson's job is to create headaches and mismatches for opposing defenses. In doing that, Calvin Johnson should become more of a factor in the game. If he's not double-covered, he's even more dangerous. Last year getting Johnson open was a huge problem.

Burleson, who signed as a free agent, is coming from Seattle. But he has worked with offensive coordinator Scott Linehan when both were with the Minnesota Vikings along with Randy Moss. They figured a way to get Moss open for the Vikings, now that needs to translate to the Lions and there's no reason to believe it won't.

Burleson calls Johnson the most "freakishly talented" athlete he has seen since Moss.

(This is a part of a series of 20 players to watch in training camp which opens July 31. Follow me on Twitter @paulapasche.)

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