Detroit Lions Expect Nate Burleson to improve in 2012. Nate Burleson is being paid to be the number two receiving option for the Detroit Lions. He only had three touchdown receptions in the 2011. With All-Pro wide receiver Calvin Johnson getting all the attention and the extra coverage by the defense. Nate Burleson only having three touchdown receptions will not cut it this season.
Nate Burleson did restructure his contract to help the Detroit Lions get under the new NFL salary cap. The Detroit Lions were able to re-sign Calvin Johnson and Stephen Tulloch. Keeping their young and talented nucleus of players together for a long time. Nate Burleson is a great and unselfish teammate. But he needs to be more productive on the football field in 2012. The Detroit Lions have higher expectations going into the 2012 season after reaching the playoffs for the first time since 1999.
Nate Burleson has to look over his shoulder because the Detroit Lions have other options at the wide receiver position. Nate Burleson did not have a single 100 yard receiving game in 2011. This is truly hard to believe because Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson both had career years in 2011. Rookie wide receiver Titus Young had a tremendous 2011 season. Matthew Stafford could look to Titus Young in the near future as the number two wide receiver for the Detroit Lions.
Nate Burleson like the Detroit Lions going are into the 2012 season with high expectations. He needs to be a playmaker the Detroit Lions thought he would be when they brought him in. Burleson is very a talent receiver who can help can stretch the field and give Matthew Stafford a strong option to throw to when Calvin Johnson is not open. The 2012 season is huge for the Detroit Lions and for Nate Burleson. If he can improve his play and be able to solidify himself as the number two receiving target. Nate Burleson will be helping the Detroit Lions contend for the Super Bowl. If not he will drop to the third or fourth option for Matthew Stafford to throw to, and might not be with the Detroit Lions long enough to fulfill his contract.