The Detroit Lions offense took another big hit this week as Nate Burleson broke his arm in a car accident. He has surgery today, September 25, 2013 and it likely out for a long time. How long? No one can accurately say but it puts the Lions in a bad spot given Nate was one of their most productive WR's so far this season.
It seems the first thing to do is give Ryan Broyles a chance to step up and see what he brings to the offense, and maybe look to add depth from the waiver wire. Of course the Lions could decide to make a trade and get a legit #2 guy which even before the loss of Burleson was something this offense might have needed.
This goes back to the decision to first draft, and then release Titus Young. Granted Titus is a very troubled young man and was a locker room cancer but had he been patient, been a better teammate maybe it would be his time to shine now. Of course he could not be a good teammate and the decision to draft him that high, given his character concerns, now leaves the Lions short on talent and depth at the WR positions. Given all the high draft picks they have spent on the WR position over the last 15 years it seems a ridiculous thing to say.
The next best option for the Lions is to get Reggie Bush back as he is a key component of the passing game, and to involve the TE’s in the air attack more. This of course means Brandon Pettigrew would need to step up and catch more balls. However, before trading away draft picks for another WR talent these internal options should be considered and explored.
There is still some time before the NFL trading deadline. There is still some time to see what the internal options can do. The Lions do not need to make a trade today, but after Sunday that might not be the case. However, the next two games in a lot of ways will make or break the Lions 2013 season, with that in mind when is the right time to make a move? And how big of a move should they make?