OK, about the Lions’ wide receiver position without Nate Burleson for the next several weeks. Five thoughts:
1. Martin Mayhew will not make any knee-jerk reactions. Last year when they were desperate for wide receivers due to a rash of injuries, he made a trade for Mike Thomas. He got cut after training camp, it wasn’t a close call. It was one of Mayhew’s worst deals.
2. I absolutely cannot see him trading for Cleveland’s Josh Gordon who just returned from a suspension. Gordon is one failed drug test away from a one-year NFL suspension. What if that happened while he was in Detroit? Mayhew would be roasted especially because of recent off-the-field issues.
3. A Mikel Leshoure for Giants’ WR Hakeem Nicks trade just doesn’t make sense for either team. It’s not going to happen.
4. All the angst from fans on replacing Burleson is confounding. Especially from the same fans who thought Burleson was washed up and wouldn’t be the same player coming back from a broken leg. Now they want the best to replace him.
5. He’ll be replaced by committee. Ryan Broyles and Reggie Bush will line up more often in the slot. Kris Durham will line up on the outside opposite Calvin Johnson. Also look for tight ends Tony Scheffler and Joe Fauria to get more involved in the passing game and don’t give up on Brandon Pettigrew just because he didn’t have a catch last Sunday. Replacing Burleson will be by committee and they have enough talent to make it work. Pat Edwards would be an asset, but he’s doubtful to play with a bad ankle.
If it doesn’t work this Sunday against the Bears, perhaps Mayhew will be working the phones on Monday. I suspect they will be fine.