The Detroit Lions have a strong possibility of seeing the return of wide receiver Nate Burleson against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Burleson has been looking good and taking reps with the first team throughout the week; if he’s ready to go on Sunday, the Lions’ offensive arsenal will look unstoppable.
This year, Nate Burleson was on pace to recording 1000 yards receiving after coming back from a broken leg in the 2012 season. Unfortunately, during September the Lions’ offense began to suffer a series of injuries when Burleson broke his forearm and shortly after receiver Ryan Broyles suffered a torn Achilles tendon. The team re-adjusted fantastically as players such as Kris Durham and Joseph Fauria took on important roles and delivered. The Lions are now at that point of the season where they are hanging by a thread in the race for the playoffs. Something has to change for the Honolulu Blue and Silver to regroup and make the playoffs.
It looks like Matt Stafford will get an early Christmas bonus this week when his second favorite receiver suits up against Tampa Bay. The Buccaneers have been getting smoked from the slot position all year, and there is a great chance Burleson will have a terrific game. The Lions’ have lacked focus and leadership, and in my opinion Nate Burleson’s presence is the equivalent to winning; offensively they are invigorated instantly. I think of the great season Matt Stafford is having and the play-making ability of Calvin Johnson, but when it comes down to the intangibles of leadership, determination, celebration and the necessary motivation to rally the troops Burleson is the guy.