The Lions didn’t wait until the Thursday trade deadline to make a move. On Tuesday they received veteran wide receiver Mike Thomas in a deal with the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Lions gave up draft picks in the deal.
Thomas has 13 catches for 80 yards so far this season. In his first three seasons with the Jaguars, he had 48, 66 and 44 receptions.
Thomas returned punts for the Jaguars so it could be the Lions will look at him in that role. Coach Jim Schwartz likes multi-dimensional players.
Lions wide receivers Titus Young and Ryan Broyles both stepped up in Sunday’s win over Seattle and it was assumed the pair would get more reps with Nate Burleson gone for the season with a broken leg.
The Lions announced they released cornerback Justin Miller. They will not make the deal official until Thomas has passed his physical.
Oddly enough, the Lions play at Jacksonville on Sunday.
The NFL trade deadline was pushed back 48 hours until 4 p.m. on Thursday due to Superstorm Sandy.
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