The Detroit Lions were rumored to be in the market for another wide receiver following Nate Burleson‘s injury. The Lions number two wide out ‘famously’ crashed his vehicle last week while attempting to save some pizza from sliding onto the floor. But regardless of the circumstances, Burleson is out with a broken arm and his return date has yet to be determined.
Initial rumors had the Lions looking into a trade for Josh Gordon or Kenny Britt, but that buzz hasn’t panned out thus far. Then, the struggling Tampa Bay Buccaneers threw them a bone when they released Kevin Ogletree.
The fifth-year wide out was kicked to the curb by the Bucs after four games of minimal production. On the year, Ogletree has eight catches for 70 yards and a touchdown. He signed with Tampa in the offseason after having his best season as a pro in 2012 (32 catches, 436 yards and four touchdowns). But as you may remember, most of that production came in the Dallas Cowboys‘ first game. After week one in 2012, Ogletree didn’t do much.
But now he joins a Lions team that’s flying high at the moment. They’re off to a hot 3-1 start and currently boast the league’s fifth-best passing attack by the numbers. Ogletree figures to see a fair amount of targets behind Calvin Johnson and Ryan Broyles. The team had hoped that Broyles would step up in a big way following Burleson’s injury, but he failed to record a catch in week four.
So all in all, Ogletree adds some much needed depth to the Lions’ receiving corps. I believe he’ll fair well with Matthew Stafford tossing him the pigskin, but he’s not really a difference-maker. He’s not the kind of player that’s going to put Detroit over the top, by any means.
If Burleson can’t get back on the field soon, I won’t be surprised if the Lions end up pulling off a trade to bring in another pass-catcher. But you never know, the change of scenery could do wonders for Ogletree.