The Detroit Lions received some excellent news on Friday when it was reported that wide receiver Nate Burleson is expected to return to the lineup and play on Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The fact is Burleson is a boost in an already impressive offense that can put up passing yards like nobody’s business.
The Lions rank third in the league in passing yards per game (310.6). Opposing defenses understand the importance of shutting wide receiver Calvin Johnson down. However, “Megatron” has still been able to succeed even when double covered. Not to mention, running back Reggie Bush picks up the slack in the receiving game if teams do manage to limit Johnson.
The addition of a healthy Burleson means defenses will really struggle defending the pass, which doesn’t bode well for the lowly Buccaneers, or anyone else Detroit faces this season for that matter.
Needless to say, Burleson is excited about the possibility to play since he went down with an injury in Week 3.
“Things are looking up for Nate Burleson,” Burleson said, according to ESPN. “Catching some balls. Getting some high-fives. My friends are talking to me again. Finally feel like things are looking up, man.”
Burleson hauled in 19 receptions for 239 yards in three games this season. Quarterback Matthew Stafford and the rest of the Lions fully expect those numbers to increase quickly from now until the end of the regular season. The hope is that Burleson’s presence on offense will be enough to give Detroit the necessary edge to push into the postseason.